Pune: Ganja Smuggling Racket Through Ambulances Bused By Pimpri Chinchwad Police; 96 kg Marijuana Seized

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Chinchwad, 17th January 2024: The Anti-Narcotics Squad of the Pimpri-Chinchwad crime branch executed two successful operations, resulting in the seizure of 96 kg of ganja (marijuana) and other valuables totally worth Rs 1.31 crore. The operations, conducted on January 12, led to the apprehension of multiple suspects involved in the sale and transportation of the illicit substance.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Sandeep Doifode revealed that the Anti-Narcotics Squad, led by officers Sadanand Rudrakshe and Randhir Mane, initiated actions based on information about the sale of ganja. In the first operation at Mhaske Vasti Ravet, Krishna Maruti Shinde, Akshay Barku More, and Hanumant Bhausaheb Kadam, all residents of Ahmednagar, were detained.

The squad seized 25 kg 691 grams of ganja, a car, a mobile phone, and cash totalling Rs 30 lakh 55 thousand 700. Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of Devi Prasad alias Deva Sitaram Dukale from Dharashiv District.

Further revelations indicated that the accused transported ganja in ambulances, leading to the seizure of two ambulances. A total of 50 kg 200 grams of ganja worth Rs 50 lakh 20 thousand was seized from Devi Prasad, highlighting the scale of the illicit operation.

In a separate operation in Mahalunge MIDC police station limits, Police Constables Vijay Daundkar and Prasad Kalate played key roles in arresting Sunnydeval Siddhanath Sharma and Sunnydeval Bhagwandas Bharti, both residents of Uttar Pradesh. The duo was found in possession of 20 kg 196 grams of ganja and two mobile phones valued at Rs 20 lakh 79 thousand 600. Investigations revealed their association with a supplier in Uttar Pradesh, identified as Rajesh Kumar.

The anti-narcotics squad successfully seized a total of 96 kg 87 grams of ganja, one car, two ambulances, mobile phones, and cash worth Rs 1 crore 31 lakh 55 thousand 300 in the two major operations. The arrests made by the squad effectively disrupted the chain of individuals involved in both selling and buying ganja.

The commendable performance of the Anti-Narcotics Squad was carried out under the guidance of Commissioner of Police Vinay Kumar Choubey, Joint Commissioner of Police Dr Sanjay Shinde, Additional Commissioner of Police Vasant Pardeshi, and Deputy Commissioner of Police Sandeep Doifode, among others.