An international drug racket was exposed during an all-night raid on a rave party near Pune where as many as 280 youths, including an international disc jockey, his Chennai-based counterpart, air-hostesses, IT professionals, call centre employees and students from Mumbai, Pune, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana were nabbed on Sunday.
Around 2.10 am, the police team raided the party at the foothills of the Sinhgad fort and found that many youths were taking drugs. Vishwas Nangre-Patil (SP, Pune rural) and a few constables entered the party zone in plain clothes and mingled among the dancers to gather information from the partying lot.
It was 8.30 am before all the youths present in the party were rounded up but more youngsters from far-off areas kept pouring in through the day. A few youths from Delhi who had arrived in the morning even asked the policemen about the party location.
The police seized seven bottles of phenyl fine hydrochloride, which they suspect the youths were consuming. The samples from the bottles have been sent to a forensic laboratory for further tests. Apart from these bottles, police recovered two and half kg of marijuana (ganja), 100 gram of hashish (charas), beer cans, cigarettes, music systems, a car and mobile phones, totally worth Rs 5 lakh.
Following a tip-off from police inspector Sheshrao Suryavanshi of the Pune city police, Sunil Phulari, deputy commissioner of police (cyber, economics) alerted Nangre-Patil, who conducted the raid.
Nangre-Patil said that drug peddlers identified as Druv Pavan Kaushal (22) and Paramjitsing Harcharansing Brar (27), both residents of Wanowrie, allegedly organised the party and an international drug peddler Shania was supposed to bring 1,500 bottles of a drug known as %u2018California Drops%u2019. "However, neither Shania nor the drugs arrived," he added.
Shania is an Irish woman and there are at least three cases against her in Ireland, the SP said. "She is also wanted in drug-related crimes," he added.
Apart from Kaushal and Brar, those arrested included Ramdas Hagavane, owner of the farm where the party was held, Sharad Shankar of Andheri, Shivendu Gupta, Achhyut Vaze of Juhu, Simrut Silmali of Worli and Germans Stephen Muller and Christopher.
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