Mumbai: In a major crackdown, the Anti Narcotics Cell of the Mumbai police has successfully dismantled an interstate drug smuggling ring.
Acting on a tip-off, the police apprehended two individuals and confiscated a significant quantity of cough syrup valued at approximately Rs. 35 lakh.
Arrest and Charges
According to officials, the two suspects, aged 38 and 44, were arrested on Saturday under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Their detention marks a significant breakthrough in the ongoing efforts to combat drug trafficking in the region.
Cough Syrup Abuse
The seized cough syrup contained codeine phosphate, an ingredient known to have a narcotic effect on the central nervous system.
Due to its easy availability in pharmacies, such cough syrups are frequently abused by individuals seeking an intoxicating high.
The operation commenced when the police intercepted the suspects at Sion on Wednesday.
Upon their apprehension, the authorities discovered four boxes of codeine-based cough syrup valued at Rs. 2.85 lakh.
Further investigation led the police to uncover additional information.
Following the trail, the police discovered that one of the arrested individuals, a resident of Pali in Rajasthan, had acquired an illicit supply of 40 cartons of cough syrup using his canceled medical license.
He had stored the contraband in a warehouse in Bhiwandi, a neighboring district of Thane.
Seizure at Bhiwandi
In a subsequent raid at the Bhiwandi warehouse, the police seized the remaining cough syrup with an estimated value of Rs. 31.65 lakh.
This seizure, combined with the earlier confiscation, brought the total value of the intercepted cough syrup to Rs. 34.5 lakh.
Cracking Down on Drug Smuggling
The Mumbai Police’s swift action in dismantling this drug smuggling operation demonstrates their commitment to combatting the illegal drug trade.
Such operations are essential in curbing the abuse of substances and maintaining public safety.
With the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of a substantial quantity of cough syrup, the Anti Narcotics Cell of the Mumbai police has successfully dealt a blow to an interstate drug smuggling network.
The authorities remain vigilant in their efforts to clamp down on drug trafficking and protect the well-being of society.