Kothagudem: Police seized a huge cache of dry ganja worth about Rs 7.30 crore near Kothagudem and arrested four persons, who were smuggling the substance in two mini-trucks.
Superintendent of Police (SP), Sunil Dutt speaking to the media persons at Chunchupalli police station here on Wednesday, said the contraband, packed in 104 bags, weighed 3,653.1 kg.
Chunchupalli SI, B Mahesh and staff during vehicle checking on Tuesday evening at Brundavanam village on Kothagudem-Khammam road found ganja being smuggled by hiding the bags beneath fish containers in two mini trucks. They arrested the drivers, seized the trucks and ganja.
The arrested, Kasle Venkatesh of Jagadgirigutta of Ranga Reddy district and Kasle Subhash of Malchapur of Bhalki taluk, Bidar district of Karnataka State, were transporting the substance to Hyderabad on the instruction of an accused Prashanth, the SP said.
The two other drivers, Kidle Nafeez of Kidle village of Shakree taluk, Bharathpur district of Rajasthan State and Imran Khan of Fatepur Taga, Dhoj taluk of Faridabad in Haryana State, were transporting the ganja to Haryana at the directions of an accused, Arshad Khan.
The accused purchased the ganja from unidentified persons at Chintoor of Andhra Pradesh, the SP added. It might be recalled that Chunchupalli police seized 4.5 quintals of ganja worth around Rs 90 lakh at Brindavanam village in the first week of July.
Kothagudem DSP, G Venkateshwara Babu, Chunchupalli CI, D Guruswamy, SI, B Mahesh and police PRO, D Srinivas Rao were present.
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