December 18, 2022 08:47 pm | Last Updated December 19, 2022 01:07 am IST – VISAKHAPATNAM

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law & Order - Zone II) K. Anand Reddy addressing a press conference in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law & Order – Zone II) K. Anand Reddy addressing a press conference in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. | Photo Credit: V. RAJU

In a joint operation, officers from the Anti-Narcotic cell of City Task Force (CTF) in collaboration with the III Town police seized a drug plant and arrested five persons, who had 70 grams of MDMA (Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine/Crystal). Meth), on Saturday. The accused got hold of synthetic drugs during the New Year celebration in the city.

The arrested have been identified as S. Prasanth (27) of Dwaraka Nagar, an MBA graduate, working in the Imports and Exports business, Syed Azar Ali (23), a resident of Bengaluru, working in a business consultant, R. Vishnu Vardhan (26) of Relli Veedhi, a driver, G. Vinayaka Bhagya Teja (27) of Jagadamba Junction. Another accused is a shopkeeper V. Karunakar (22) of Kummari Road in One Town area. Some sellers and helpers in the sale of drugs were not arrested.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP – Zone II), K. Anand Reddy said that Prasanth, Syed Azar Ali, Vishnu Vardhan and Teja, were classmates and followers. also a Hotel Management course. In 2020, Prasanth started his own car business and sold four cars after taking a loan. He lost in business.

It is revealed that Prasanth approached Ali and sought his help to buy drugs, to recover from his loss. Ali allegedly got 50 grams of MDMA from his relative in Bengaluru and sold it to Prasanth for about ₹1 lakh. Prasanth sold MDMA to some youths through his friends Vishnu Vardhan and Teja. Prasanth sold one gram of MDMA for around ₹4,000, the police found.

As the New Year celebrations approached, Prasanth contacted Ali in the last week of November and asked him to arrange 90 grams of MDMA. Ali bought 90 grams of MDMA from his cousin Touheed and gave it to Prasanth’s brother, who works in an IT company in Bengaluru, for ₹2 lakh.

According to the police, Prasanth sold 20 grams of MDMA through his friends Vishnu, Teja and another person named Dinesh from Kancharapalem, who was running, to V. Karunakar and with some dealers in Visakhapatnam.

In view of the New Year celebrations, by order of the Police Commissioner, Ch. Srikanth, the CTF has been keeping a close eye on drug peddlers and cracking down on the racket, said Mr. Anand Reddy.

The city police asked the parents to keep a close eye on the children’s activities and if any abnormal behavior or signs of stress are observed, the parents should immediately take the children to professional counseling. . Parents can use the city’s police counseling office “MARPU”, where some children who are drug addicts are educated and encouraged to change their lives.

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