In a crackdown on drug peddlers, the task force police on Saturday busted a drug racket involving 10 persons and seized 7 kg of ganja, 325 Pentwyn injections (pain killers), six cell phones and Rs. 10,000 of cash.
The total value of the seized drugs was estimated at Rs. 40,000.
Deputy Commissioner of Police M. Ravindranath Babu told a press conference on Saturday that on a tip off that a group of youths was consuming drugs in a three-storey building next to Sobhanachalam cloth stores on M.G. Road, the task force police led by Inspector K. Govindarajulu raided the house and arrested six graduates.
Based on the information provided by them, the police managed to arrest 10 persons who were selling narcotic substances to the students, youths and labourers in areas like Krishna Lanka, Satyanarayanapuram, Priyadarshini cinema theatre, Sanjeevaiah Colony and Arundalpet in the city.
Tangella Papa Rao (46), K. Nagamani (53), K. Sujatha (28), all of Arundalpet, Ch. Krishna (50) and Ch. Pandu Ranga Rao (21) of Guntur district,
K. Laxmaiah (60) and M. Sarojini (45) of Payakapuram, M. Mallesh (55) of Krishna Lanka, Ch. Ramana (40) of Eluru and Md. Aleem (20) of Autonagar were among the arrested.
The DCP said Md. Aleem, who was trained in film direction, turned into a drug addict during his college days.
He used to sell drugs to his friends and other persons. Mr. Ravindranath Babu said suspect sheets had been opened against all of them, but kingpins Tangella Harikrishna and Korakula Durga were yet to be arrested in connection.
The arrested students will be sent to de-addiction centres for treatment.