The Hyderabad police on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old BBA student from the city, along with a Nigerian national and a Goa-based businessman for selling LSD via Snapchat.
The Task Force police of the Central Zone made the arrests, and seized 75 stamps of LSD blots besides three packets of ganja, 30 grams of charas and one gram of heroin. An SUV and four cell phones were also seized.
Besides Yash Sunkara, who studied in a degree college in Hyderabad, the police arrested 30-year-old Agala Alumah and 27-year-old Abid Nazir.
Speaking to reporters, the police said that the accused would update his status on SnapChat and notify his friends and followers about the drugs that he had.
He would also take advance orders after informing them that he was travelling to Goa, where he bought the drugs.
“Whenever Yash used to visit Goa, he would update his status over ‘SnapChat’ application and notify to his friends about his visit to Goa to place orders... ‘A few days back, Yash asked Abid to bring huge quantities of LSD stamps and charas to Hyderabad, following which Abid and Agala reached here. They were waiting at Hyderguda to hand over the drugs to Yash when they were nabbed, ” Task Force DCP P Radha Kishan Rao was quoted as saying.
ANI reported that each LSD stamp was sold for between Rs 2000 to Rs 3000, and the total estimate of seized material was worth Rs 3 lakh.
The police registered a case under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and the accused have been sent to remand.
This case comes just days after the Tamil Nadu police arrested 22-year-old Sasikumar and 35-year-old Kamal. Kamal was growing cannabis on his terrace, and Sasikumar uploaded his photo with the plants publicly on Facebook.
Alerted by the public, the Royapettah police detained Sasikumar and Kamal, who have now been remanded to judicial custody.