Pune: Military Intelligence Busts Drugs Supply Chain In Army Establishments, 4 Persons Arrested By Crime Branch

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Mubarak Ansari

Pune, 1st November 2023: In a joint operation, the Military Intelligence Unit of the Southern Command of the Army and the anti-narcotics squad of the Branch of Pune Police successfully busted a drug smuggling operation involving the illicit substance Mephedrone.

Four individuals, namely Anneet Bipin Khade (19), Chaitanya Shivaji Sawle (27), Sarth Virendra Khare (19), and Vishal Kamlesh Mehta (19), have been apprehended by Pune Police in connection with the smuggling. An additional suspect, Anush Jotiba Mane of Ghorpade Peth, is currently on the run.

The arrests follow the joint operation carried out by the Crime Branch and Military Intelligence, acting on information that the accused were not only trafficking drugs but also supplying them within Army establishments.

The seized contraband includes Mephedrone with an estimated value of Rs 2 lakh 14 thousand in the Indian market and approximately Rs 6.7 lakh in the international market. In addition to the narcotics, four mobile phones valued at Rs 1 lakh ten thousand have been confiscated.

The case has been officially registered at Khadak Police Station, based on complaint lodged by Assistant Police Inspector Dnyaneshwar Laxman Ghorpade.

The operation unfolded when a joint team laid a trap in front of Snehdeep Bungalow in Shukrawar Peth. The accused, detained on Tuesday around 11.20 pm, underwent thorough interrogation and search procedures, leading to the discovery of the illicit substance in their possession.

Further investigation is going on.