Navi Mumbai: On Wednesday, the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of Navi Mumbai police arrested a 49-year-old woman who allegedly came to the city to sell one kilo of mephedrone. The value of the drug is estimated to be roughly Rs 30 lakh, a senior police officer said.
Acting on a tip off, the police laid a trap near L.P. Junction on the Sion-Panvel Highway in the early hours of Wednesday. They zeroed in on the accused – Ajitha Begam, a resident of Cheeta Camp in Trombay – around 8 a.m. in the morning.
“We had received a tip-off that a suspicious-looking woman from Mumbai was on her way to Nerul with some drugs. We immediately alerted our officials and deployed them at different places in the city,” said Vinod Chavan, senior police inspector of the anti-narcotics cell.
“Within a few hours, our officials spotted a woman who was similar to the descriptions we had received earlier near the L.P. Junction. She carried a plastic bag. Suspicious, our officials accosted her and checked the bag. They found one kilo of mephedrone in the bag. She was arrested on the spot,” said Chavan.
An FIR was later registered with the Nerul police station. The woman has been booked under section 8A and 22 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
The police are now investigating the case to find out the source from whom she purchased the drug and to whom it was to be sold. They are also trying to find out if others were involved in this case.
The Navi Mumbai crime branch is now investigating the case under the supervision of the city police chief, Hemant Nagrale.
Just one week ago, the ANC arrested another 42-year-old woman for allegedly selling brown sugar from Hanuman Nagar in Turbhe. They also recovered 6.48 gram of the drug worth Rs 22,000 from her possession.