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Two drug peddlers held, cocaine worth ₹21 lakh seized

Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar with the two accused for drug peddling in Hyderabad on Monday.

Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar with the two accused for drug peddling in Hyderabad on Monday.   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

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Duo struck a deal in Goa eight months ago

In the run-up to New Year, Hyderabad police on Monday busted a drug-peddling racket and arrested two persons. They also recovered 89 grams of cocaine, worth ₹ 21 lakh in the international market and three mobile phones from their possession.

Acting on a tip-off, the Commissioner’s task force team of west zone apprehended Livio Joseph Almeida (34) of Goa and his local associate U. Shankar (41), a wall painter from Banjara Hills. Almeida was procuring drugs from Nigerian peddlers at a cheaper price and supplying them to customers for ₹ 6,000 to ₹ 7,000 per gram in Goa, said Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar.

Shankar met Almeida about eight months ago in Goa and decided to explore the drug market in Hyderabad. Following their deal, Shankar was frequently visiting Goa to bring the contraband to the city. “Shankar used to get cocaine to the city for ₹ 7,000 per gram and was selling for ₹ 11,000 per gram,” the city police chief said, at a press conference here on Monday.

According to Mr. Kumar, the task force team led by inspector B. Gattu Mallu apprehended Shankar and Almeida in Filmnagar, when the latter was supplying the contraband. They were handed over to Banjara Hills police for unearthing their network with other local and foreign drug peddlers.

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