The Hyderabad police on Thursday nabbed two people, a techie and a law student, on charges of peddling drugs in Jubilee Hills.
The police arrested the accused, identified as 30-year-old Karunakar and 29-year-old K Rohith, and seized 12 blots of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) from their possession.
Reports suggest that the duo would procure the drug for Rs 750 or Rs 1,000 from a contact in Goa, who has been identified as Vicky, and use it themselves and sell it to other clients in Hyderabad.
"The duo used to purchase drug from unknown persons at Goa and used to consume them regularly. Later, they started selling LSD stamps to needy persons for Rs. 2,000 per LSD stamp after purchasing a single stamp for Rs. 1,000," the Hyderabad Police said in a release.
The Times of India reported that Rohith had started a software firm in 2013 but had to shut the shop due to losses. He met Vicky for business and the duo became friends.
“They used to purchase ganja from Dhoolpet and later started LSD abuse. Rohith and Vicky also started selling the purchased LSD for profit in Hyderabad,” deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Task Force, P Radha Kishan Rao told ToI.
Earlier this year, a sensational racket busted by authorities, found that about 1,000 students of leading private schools and colleges in the city were using high-end drugs such as LSD and MDMA. Some of them were as young as 13.
The racket also exposed the dark underbelly of Tollywood, as the dealers were also supplying drugs to several personalities from the Telugu industry.
Officials later said that a lot of the drugs were delivered to rich customers, at these pubs and bars, under the cover of darkness, and loud music. This included several Tollywood personalities.
Pubs in the posh areas of Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills were said to be the main offenders.
The officials said that the kingpin of the racket, Calvin Mascarenhas, was placing orders on the Darknet, and the drugs were being delivered by couriers, including from overseas.