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Drug seizure case: jailed drug dealer arrested

A drug peddler, who was lodged in a city jail, has been arrested by Mumbai Police in connection with the recovery of 12 kg mephedrone drug from a police constable’s cupboard at a city police station last month.

“We arrested drug dealer G Samuels from Arthur Road Jail in the city and the Esplanade Magistrate court remanded him in police custody till May 7,” a crime branch official said.

So far, Mumbai police have arrested the accused police constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe, woman drug peddler Shashikala Patankar, alias Baby, and her son Satish in this case.

While seeking his remand, police told the court that Patankar had bought the narcotics from Samuels 6-7 times and they want to interrogate him in this regard.

Samuels was arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau in 2009 for providing support to Arjuna awardee Jagdish Bhola to export drugs to Cambodia. Bhola had been caught with 25 kg of methamphetamine from suburban Goregoan.

Head constable Kalokhe, posted at Marine Drive police station, had been arrested on March 9 after 110 kg of mephedrone drug, whose market value runs into “crores of rupees”, was seized from his residence in a village under Khandala taluka in Satara district.

The next day, 12 kg mephedrone was seized from Kalokhe’s cupboard at the Marine Drive police station here, along with Rs 30,000 cash. After a thorough interrogation by Satara police, Kalokhe was sent to judicial custody there.

An FIR was registered against Kalokhe under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

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