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2 held with ephedrine worth ₹3 cr.

Early morning haul: ACP Manoj Kumar Sharma (left) and other police officials with the consignment of drugs seized from the accused.

Early morning haul: ACP Manoj Kumar Sharma (left) and other police officials with the consignment of drugs seized from the accused.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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Drug stash was meant as supply for New Year’s Eve parties in the city, say police

The Amboli police on Sunday arrested two hisory-sheeters with a massive stash of ephedrine, which was allegedly meant to be supplied for New Year’s Eve parties in the western suburbs.

According to the police, the two men were arrested on the basis of a tip-off received by police inspector Daya Nayak, in the early hours of Sunday. Officers said Mr. Nayak and his team laid a trap on Agarwal Estate Road and picked up Muhammad Ismail Gulamhussain (45) and Dayanand Manik Muddanar (32), natives of Hyderabad and Palghar respectively.

“They were found to be carrying 20 kg of ephedrine, worth ₹3.40 crore, and were placed under arrest. Ephedrine is generally consumed with ice as a drug in parties, and the seized drugs were meant to be supplied for New Year’s Eve parties,” Additional Commissioner of Police Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, West region, said.

Ephedrine, a stimulant, is a party drug that stimulates the brain and increases the heart rate, metabolism and body heat.

Mr. Gulamhussain and Mr. Muddanar, who have been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, are history-sheeters suspected of specialising in supplying drugs in bulk.

“They were arrested in 2013 after being caught with 200 kg of ephedrine in Hyderabad by the Narcotic Control Bureau. They were released on bail in 2015 and got back into the drug dealing circuit. The quantity of drugs seized from them indicates that they have direct links with factories that illegally manufacture drugs in bulk,” an officer who is part of the investigation said.

The officer said that according to inquiries so far, the men had made a deal with a Mumbai-based drug dealer who supplies narcotics to major parties. The police are trying to identify and apprehend the dealer, and are interrogating the accused to find out the source of the drugs.

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