Hyderabad: Two persons from Maharashtra, who were smuggling 300 kilograms of marijuana in a goods vehicle from Visakhapatnam to Ahmed Nagar in Maharashtra, were nabbed by the Hyderabad Task Force and the Malakpet police in the early hours of Saturday.
Police said the contraband packed in 10 bags and concealed under empty plastic crates was worth Rs 30 lakh. It is suspected that the duo Vilas Bhausaheb Dhokane (33) from Aurangabad and Dhyaneshwar Mohite (26), from Ahmed Nagar, who regularly transport goods in the vehicle from Maharashtra to Visakhapatnam, had procured the ganja from agency areas of Visakhapatnam.
City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said they procured the marijuana from agents in Narsipatnam.
“They were in contact with V Naga Sai, a drug dealer from Narsipatnam and other agents, and started purchasing marijuana for Rs 1,500 per kg and transported it in the goods carrier to Ahmed Nagar, where they sold it at the rate of Rs 10,000 for one kilogram,” Anjani Kumar said.
The seized ganja was procured from Naga Sai and other agents from Odisha for Rs 3 lakh. They were on their way to Ahmed Nagar via Annavaram-Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Suryapet and Hyderabad.
Following a tip-off, the police teams intercepted the vehicle at Moosarambagh and seized the banned drug. Police said that the preliminary investigation indicated that some drivers, who were working under marijuana smugglers from Zaheerabad, were stealing from the smuggled marijuana and selling it to their customers in Hyderabad.
The arrested persons and the seized drug were handed over to the Malakpet police for further investigation.
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