Carrying forward its crackdown on drug abuse in Mumbai, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) yesterday arrested a television actress following a raid on a hotel in connection with a case pertaining to the seizure of Mephedrone, a psychoactive drug, from a certain Chand Mohammed Shaik (27) who works as an MNC executive.
The police had intercepted suspect Shaikh on Gurunanak Marg near the Bandra railway station on Saturday and recovered 400 g of MD from the person who lives in the neighbourhood.
In the night of 2 January, a team of NCB’s Mumbai Zone unit had arrested Shaikh from Guru Nanak road in Bandra, Mumbai. He was found in possession of 400 g of Mephedrone (MD) — 4-methyl methcathinone or 4-methyl ephedrone, a synthetic stimulant drug of the amphetamine and cathinone classes — worth Rs 10 lakh in the illicit drug market. During interrogation, he told the NCB men that he had procured the psychoactive drug from Saeed, a known criminal from Bhayander.
NCB sleuths raid Mumbai hotel, detain TV actress
Following information from Shaik, NCB detectives conducted the search operation at the Crown Business Hotel Bhayander, Mumbai. During the raid, Saeed managed to flee from the hotel. The officials then took into custody the woman who was in his room. She told the officials that she was a television actress.
“We brought the woman to the NCB’s Ballard Pier office and are questioning regarding Saeed and her association with him and drugs,” the report quoted an official as saying.
An officer said that Sayeed, a resident of Mira Bhayander in Thane, was the main supplier of MD drugs. The NCB in Mumbai registered an offence and are on the lookout for him.
NCB’s drug probe
The ongoing operations are part of the federal anti-narcotics agency’s efforts to weed out the drugs menace in the commercial capital of the country besides its probe into the drug cases involving prominent Bollywood personalities as an offshoot to the investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in June last year.
In connection with the case that emerged out of the investigation into Rajput’s death, the agency had, in September, arrested his live-in partner Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and others under several relevant sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.