The narcotics substance comes into the state from north India mainly Nepal Border, West Bengal, and Odisha and most of the paddlers operate from the remote areas like the small town and beach belts of Goa.
In more signs that the narcotics trade is extending its roots deep into Goa’s interiors, the Anti-Narcotic Cell of the Goa Police on Sunday seized substantial contraband of Ganja in a raid at Vasantnagar, Sanquelim, which also happens to be the home of the Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant.
The ANC sleuths apprehended an Odisha native with ganja totally worth Rs. 5.4 lakhs in the raid. Police said that the accused was involved in the supply and distribution in and around Sanquelim.
Police said that they received a tip-off that a person was involved in distributing ganja. During their investigation, it came to light that the accused has been staying at rented premises from where he was operating his business.
The raiding team raided the rented room at Vasantnagar and found Ramesh Kirtan Malik Chandra in illegal possession of 5.395 kgs of ganja.
The raided room belongs to one Anand Channapur. The raid was conducted in the intervening night of Saturday –Sunday and was closely supervised by Superintendent of Police (ANC) Utkrisht Prasoon, DySP Mahesh Gaonkar, and Police Inspector ANC Sudesh Velip. The raiding team was led by PSI Videsh Pilgaonkar.
The police arrested the 28-year old after laying a trap and has been charged under section 20 (b) (ii) (B) of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1986, and a judicial magistrate first class remanded the accused to two days police custody.