INDIA. Mumbai: The officers of the Mumbai zone and Goa Sub Zonal Unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) recently conducted searches at Mazal Wado, Assagao, and Miramar in Goa and arrested one Indian and two foreign drug peddlers and seized a sizable quantity of narcotic drugs.
The Indian one Hemant Sah alias Maharaj, an alleged drug dealer linked to a narcotic-angle probe into Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case has been remanded to judicial custody till March 22 by the District and Sessions Court, Panaji.
“The Narcotics Control Bureau team found Hemant in possession of 15 blots of LSD and 30 gms charas during a raid in Panaji”, NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede told the “Transcontinental Times”.
According to NCB, Hemant, a native of Madhya Pradesh, had been running a shack “Buena Vida” along North Goa’s Morjim beach for several years had been allegedly named as a supplier by two alleged Mumbai-based drug dealers Anuj Keswani and Regan Mahakaal, who have already been booked by the agency’s in its high-profile drug probe(CR.No 16/2020).
The NCB has been tasked with probing the allegations of drug abuse, linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who hanged himself on June 14, 2020, in his Bandra flat in northwest Mumbai. By now NCB has nabbed nearly 33 drug peddlers. It also interrogated several Bollywood personalities including actresses Rhea Chakraborty, Deepika Padukone, and Sara Ali Khan.
NCB recently filed a 12,000-page charge sheet against the above 33 accused. Actress Rhea Chakraborty is one of the accused on the charge sheet. The charge sheet with annexures runs into 50,000 pages and includes WhatsApp chats between the accused, their Call Data Records, and bank documents, among other evidence. The NCB has included the statements of over 200 witnesses in the charge-sheet
During the last few months, the NCB in its raids recovered over 7 kgs drugs valued at Rs 3.5 crore. Besides Rs 35 lakh cash and a sizable amount of dollars was seized. One of the accused Kshitij Prasad, Executive Producer, Dharma Productions tested positive for drug consumption as per forensic report, NCB Zonal Director, Mumbai, and Goa, Sameer Wankhede stated.
NCB recently filed a 12,000 page charge sheet against 33 accused. The charge sheet with annexures runs into 50,000 pages and includes WhatsApp chats between the accused, their Call Data Records, and bank documents, among other evidence. The NCB has included the statements of over 200 witnesses in the charge-sheet.
During the last few months, the NCB in its raids recovered over 7 kgs drugs valued at Rs 3.5 crore from Mumbai, Goa, and other places. Besides Rs 35 lakh cash, including foreign currency, was seized. One of the accused Kshitij Prasad, Executive Producer, Dharma Productions tested positive for drug consumption as per the forensic report, Wankhede stated.
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During the searches on Sunday and Monday in Goa, the NCB raided the premises of one Prasad Walke, a history-sheeter who was earlier booked by NCB, in 2018 for trafficking drugs. Walke is still at large.
The total drug seizure included: The seized drugs included: 41 blots of LSD (Commercial quantity), 28 Grams Charas(a hashish form of cannabis), 22 Grams Cocaine, 1.100 kgs Ganja( marijuana), white powder 160 grams (believed to be Narcotics Drugs/Psychotropic Substance) and blue crystal 500 grams (substance suspected to be psychotropic substance). Besides cash of Rs 10,000 was also recovered.
Those arrested are: foreign nationals-Ugochukwu Solomon Ubabuko (Nigeria) & John Infinity alias David (Congo) and the Indian Hemant Sah. Among these three, Ugochukwu Solomon Ubabuko was earlier arrested in 2013 by Goa police.