The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) seized 223 kg of ganja from three persons in a car near the Devanahalli toll gate in Bengaluru. The ganja was found stuffed in 110 packets in the boot of the car being driven from Andhra Pradesh to Maharashtra on Tuesday.
The accused were arrested on Wednesday and have been identified as Anumulu Prasad alias Guru, 45, S. Ramakrishna, 21, and K. Rajesh, 28. Anumulu, a timber merchant who also runs an inter-state drug racket had employed the other two to drive the car and offered them Rs 10,000 in exchange.
Police officials were alerted about the transport of ganja by a tip-off and found the trio trying to smuggle ganja in the back of their Swift Dzire car. The car had an Andhra Pradesh registration number and the trio had started their journey from Vishakapatnam to trade ganja sourced from there in Maharashtra, according to Sunil Kumar Sinha, Zonal Director, NCB, Bengaluru.
Upon questioning the trio, officials found out that the they were travelling via Bengaluru to avoid election-related security checks in their usual route via Telangana. The trio would routinely make trips with Anumulu paying the others Rs 10,000 per trip.
The police have seized drugs and booked the three and taken Prasad into custody for five days.
In a second incident, the Mico Layout police arrested three drug dealers in BTM Layout, while they were selling drugs to college students and software engineers in the city. The police have seized 12 kg of ganja from them. The accused were identified as Vishnuvardhan, 23, and Rajesh, 22 from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh and Junedh Ahmed, 24, a resident of Bannerghatta.
According to the police, based on a tip off, they rushed to BTM Layout 2nd stage, where they found the accused at a deserted place next to Veeranjaneya temple. The police arrested them and seized ganja in their possession.
The police said that Vishnuvardhan and Rajesh used to bring ganja from Kurnool for lower price and then with the help of Junedh Ahmed, sell them at a higher price to the college students and software engineers in BMT Layout and Bannerghatta Road.