The ongoing COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic faced by the globe still seems to not deter some drug peddlers. In what is considered to be the biggest ever bust by the Central Crime Branch (CCB), they seized Ganja (Marijuana) worth over Rs. 1 Crore. The 204 Kgs of Ganja was being smuggled into Karnataka from a remote region in coastal Andhra Pradesh! Reports state that a team from the CCB's Anti Narcotic Wing (ANW) intercepted a tanker lorry just as it was about to offload its contents onto a car near Devanahalli, in North Bengaluru. 

Sources state that this bulk load of drugs was to be distributed to sub-peddlers in various parts of Bengaluru as well as other districts of Karnataka and even its neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The CCB had been tipped off about this huge consignment by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and apart from seizing the contraband, also arrested three people. The arrested include two major drug dealers - Qasir Pasha (aka) Zakir (41) of Mysuru and Ismail Sharif (38) of Gauribidanur. The third person is said to be a Mysuru native, named Sameer, the truck's driver! 

The tip from NCB to CCB arrived over 15 days ago, following which a team consisting of ANW Assistant Commissioner Gautham, Inspector Bollethin MS and others, began tracking the drug peddlers. Reports state that the Ganja had been purchased through a broker from Tuni town of East Godavari district, in Andhra Pradesh. The Ganja is said to have been locally grown in the hilly regions of Tuni itself. The smugglers had decided to transport the drugs in a tanker lorry to avoid any suspicion at checkposts and smuggled it into Bengaluru, successfully! The Police are investigating the details of the sub-peddlers and we hear that more arrests are imminent. Sameer has been driving trucks for the past 10 years and usually transported heavy materials and this came in handy for the gang to smuggle drugs. Reports state that Sameer would usually reach Devanahalli and in a stretch of deserted land there, he would transfer the drugs to cars for smuggling to various parts of the city and elsewhere. Stay tuned for updates...