Telangana police on Thursday arrested another interstate drug smuggling ring, seizing 1,820 kg of marijuana (ganja) from a truck in Abdullapurmet, a suburb of Hyderabad. Rachakonda Police Station Special Operations Team (SOT) arrested five hawkers and seized contraband goods from Sileru in Andhra Pradesh to Maharashtra. The ganja was moved from Sileru to Maharashtra via Narsipatnam, Rajahmundry, Kodad, Suryapet, Choutuppal and Hyderabad, police said. Police recovered 182 packages of cannabis, a truck, a car, 41,000 rupees in cash and seven cell phones, and the total value of all of them could be more than 3 crore rupees in their possession.
Based on valuable information, SOT, LB Nagar Zone and Abdullapurmet Police arrested the drug traffickers. The driver of the truck was from West Bengal, while the other four were from Maharashtra. Sanjay Laxman Shinde, a resident of the Osmanabad region of Maharashtra, is the main accused. He runs the drug trade with his relatives, Sanjay Balaji Kale and Abhiman Kalyan Pawar, as well as their friends, Sanjay Chowgule and Bharat Kalappa. They hired Shek Rahidul, a native of West Bengal, to drive the vehicle to illegally transport ganja from the Sileru Agency area in Andhra Pradesh to Maharashtra.
According to Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat, the packets of ganja were hidden in bags of organic compost. The accused used the car as a pilot vehicle for the truck carrying the ganja. The accused told police that he bought ganja for Rs 8,000 per kg and sold it to consumers in Maharashtra for Rs 15,000 per kg.
He claimed that this was the largest amount of ganja collected in Rachakonda this year. More than 5,000 kilograms of contraband were seized by the police. Since last month, the Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda police stations, which cover the city and its suburbs, as well as the excise department, have been waging an intense anti-drug campaign in response to the directive of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to firmly combat the threat of drugs.