Adilabad: In a major crackdown, seven persons were arrested for allegedly transporting marijuana from Andhra Pradesh to Maharashtra, here on Friday. As much as 160 kg of marijuana, Rs 2 lakh in cash and three cars were recovered from them. The value of seized contraband is assessed to be around Rs 24 lakh.
Disclosing details of the case, Adilabad DSP NSV Venkateshwar Rao said the accused were identified as Rathod Bikku, Md Amzad Ali Khan, Shatruar Laxman Singh, and Pavar Rajesh, from Utnoor mandal centre; Jadav Vilas, a native of Lingapur in Sirpur (U) mandal; Tareef Khan, a resident of Haryana; and Shaik Sharifuddin, a driver from Thatiguda Colony of Adilabad town. They were detained by a special team of police and Central Crime Station (CCS) police, following a tip-off.
During the course of interrogation, the seven confessed to the crime and said they took the shortcut route to earn more money. They admitted that bought marijuana in Sileru of Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and were shipping it in 2 kg packets to Maharastra, Uttar Pradesh, and, Haryana by renting cars. They formed a gang and started the illegal business when they sensed huge demand for the substance in these States.
Venkateshwar Rao cautioned smugglers of marijuana that stern action would be taken against them for ruining lives of youngsters. He said they were gathering evidence and taking steps to ensure that courts convict the accused. He urged the public to share information of those taking up unlawful activities.
Superintendent of Police Vishnu Warrier commended Inspectors V Suresh, E Chandramouli, Sub-Inspector Gunwanth Rao, CCS Head constable Mohammad Siraz, and constables Syed Zakir Ali, B Gangadhar, Syed Rahamath, Mangal Singh and Ramesh Kumar, for taking part in the operation. He announced cash rewards for the policemen for showing spontaneity in apprehending the smugglers.