Mephedrone racket running under the garb of Pharma Company busted: Nashik

Mumbai police apprehended a local drug peddler, setting off a chain of events that led investigators to an unexpected discovery and busted a mephedrone racket.

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Last Updated on October 11, 2023 by The Health Master

Mephedrone racket

In a significant breakthrough, Mumbai police apprehended a local drug peddler two months ago, setting off a chain of events that led investigators to an unexpected discovery and busted a mephedrone racket.

The arrest of a local drug peddler two months ago led the police to a factory in Nashik that was manufacturing mephedrone (MD) under the garb of a pharmaceutical factory. So far, 12 people have been arrested, and over 150 kg of MD worth more than ₹300 crore have been seized.

Hidden behind the façade of a pharmaceutical factory in Nashik was a sprawling operation churning out mephedrone (MD), a potent synthetic stimulant.

Here’s how the investigation unfolded:

A. The Initial Leads

  1. August 8: The First Clue
    • The arrest of a local drug peddler on this fateful day provided the initial lead.
    • The peddler led the authorities to Anwar Afsar Sayyad, a 42-year-old supplier in the network.
  2. Dharavi Connection
    • Anwar led investigators to his suppliers from Dharavi: Javed Khan, Asif Sheikh, and Iqbal Mohammed Ali.
  3. Climbing the Hierarchy
    • From the Dharavi trio, 110 grams of MD were seized, indicating their pivotal roles in the operation.

B. Ascending the Ranks

  1. Targeted Investigation
    • The investigative team at Sakinaka police station recognized the importance of pursuing higher-ranking members in the hierarchy.
  2. Months of Diligence
    • Over the next two months, investigators traversed between Nashik, Pune, and Mumbai, tracking down the key players.

II. Nashik’s Dark Secret: A Factory Turned Drug Mill

Following an intricate trail of connections, the police reached Nashik and uncovered a shocking revelation: a factory masquerading as Shri Ganeshay Pharmaceuticals was, in fact, a hub for manufacturing and distributing MD across the state.

A. The Factory’s Grim Operation

  1. Zeeshan Sheikh’s Involvement
    • Zeeshan Sheikh, 34, was found at the heart of this illicit enterprise, overseeing operations.
  2. Massive Seizures
    • A staggering 150 kilograms of MD, valued at over ₹300 crore, were seized from the factory.

B. Mastermind Behind the Curtain: The Patil Brothers

  1. Bhushan and Lalit Patil
    • The notorious Patil brothers, Bhushan and Lalit, emerged as the linchpins of the entire operation.
    • Lalit was recently traced to a drug racket operating from Pune’s Sassoon Hospital, indicating a network spanning multiple locations.
  2. The Runaway Duo
    • Both Bhushan and Lalit are presently evading arrest, deepening the mystery surrounding their roles.

III. The Domino Effect: Collaring Key Figures in the Network

  1. Arif Sheikh’s Arrest
    • The trail led investigators to Arif Sheikh, 42, who was apprehended with 110 grams of MD, along with a country-made pistol and live cartridges.
  2. Nasir Umar Sheikh: Chacha’s Endgame
    • Nasir Umar Sheikh, known colloquially as “Chacha,” a 58-year-old supplier to south Mumbai’s peddlers, was arrested with a staggering 1,250 grams of MD in his possession.
  3. Rehan and Azhar Ansari’s Nexus
    • Kalyan residents Rehan and Azhar Ansari were found to be the source of Nasir’s supply, hoarding an additional 15 kilograms of MD.

IV. Mumbai Police’s Resolve: Zero Tolerance for Drugs

Satyanarayan Chaudhary, the Joint Commissioner of Police responsible for law and order, affirmed the Mumbai Police’s unwavering commitment to eradicating drug-related activities.

He expressed confidence that all the accused would soon be apprehended, sending a stern message to those involved in such illicit operations.

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