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Officials say Bollywood stars are high-paying customers of D-Company’s drug cartel

Naveen Bharat Editorial

Mumbai: It is no secret now that Mumbai’s drug cartel is being run by D-Company and most of the Bollywood stars and strugglers are its high-paying customers.

“The D-Company run by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, suspected to be based in Pakistan, runs this lucrative business. D-Company buys raw medicines – opium, poppy and coca – from Afghanistan and Cambodia. After processing them into heroin, brown sugar, charas and cocaine, these drugs are smuggled into India through the Punjab border and Gujarat ports, and land here in Mumbai,” said one of the Anti-Narcotics Cell of Mumbai Police. senior official said.

After the consignment reaches Mumbai, it is handed over to the main dealer, sub-dealer and other local suppliers.

The drug suppliers mainly hide in the settlements of Mira Road, Nalasopara and Dockyard Road and extended suburbs of Mumbai.

“The college going students mostly take ganja and charas. Heroin and cocaine, refined drugs – are sold at very high prices. Only healthy people can afford them. Most of the Bollywood film stars and strugglers take either heroin or cocaine,” the official said.

A highly placed source in the Anti-Narcotics Cell said that MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) is in high demand for its purported effects on sexual arousal.

“Bollywood struggling girls also use MDMA. There is a myth that this drug can keep them slim and fit,” the source added.

Earlier MDMA was made in Mumbai and Palghar area only.

“However, after constant high vigilance and frequent raids, these manufacturers shifted to Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Heroin is the highest quality and most expensive drug supplied by Cambodia and some South American countries.”

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday arrested Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan and seven others in connection with the seizure of banned drugs on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.

Apart from Aryan Khan, the arrested accused have been identified as Munmun Dhamecha, Arbaaz Merchant, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Gomit Chopra, Nupur Sarika and Vikrant Chhokar, an NCB official said.

Aryan Khan, Dhamecha and Merchant were produced before a Metropolitan Magistrate’s court here, which sent them to NCB custody till October 4.

He said that all the eight accused would be produced in the court on Monday after medical examination.

Aryan Khan under section 27 (punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance), 8C (production, manufacture, possession, sale or purchase of drugs) and other relevant provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) Case has been registered. .

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NCB officials took him and seven others into custody late Saturday night after they raided the cruise ship en route from Mumbai to Goa.

According to the NCB’s arrest memo, 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of MD, 21 grams of charas and 22 tablets of ecstasy and Rs 1.33 lakh were seized after the raid.

An NCB official said that based on a tip-off that a party was scheduled on the ship, an NCB team led by its regional director Sameer Wankhede raided the Goa-bound ship on Saturday evening and recovered drugs from some passengers. did.

“During the operation, the suspects were searched and various medicines were recovered from them, which they had hidden in their clothes, undergarments and purses (by the women),” the NCB official said.

The cruise company said in a statement on Sunday that it had nothing to do with the incident.

“Cordelia Cruises is not in any way, directly or indirectly, associated with this event. Cordelia Cruises hired its ship for a private event to an event management company based in Delhi,” said Waterways Leisure Tourism Pvt. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Jurgen Belom Ltd said in the statement.

It said that Cordelia Cruises is fully supporting us and cooperating with the authorities.

(with PTI inputs)

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