Prominent Indian actors, musicians under scanner for drug use: Narcotics bureau
The agency said it seized 145 ecstasy or MDMA pills and over Rs22.20 lakh cash from Royal Suits hotel apartment in Bengaluru.
Some "prominent musicians and actors" in Karnataka are under the scanner of the Narcotics Control Bureau after it recently busted a drug trafficking racket in the state, the federal agency said on Wednesday.
The agency said it seized 145 ecstasy or MDMA pills and over Rs2.20 lakh cash from Royal Suits hotel apartment, Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru, on August 21.
"In follow up action, the team seized 96 pills of MDMA and 180 LSD blots at Nikoo homes in Bengaluru," Narcotics Control Bureau Deputy Director (operations) K P S Malhotra said in a statement.
"Later, a lady drug supplier who had been the main kingpin of the case was intercepted and 270 pills of MDMA were recovered from her house at Dodagubbi, Bengaluru," Mr Malhotra said.
Three people -- M Anoop, R Ravindran and Anikha D -- were arrested by the agency during these raids, he said.
"Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused used to supply drugs to affluent sections of society, including prominent musicians and actors as well as to college students and youngsters," Mr Malhotra said.
"More persons are likely to be arrested in this connection by the NCB Bengaluru unit," he said.
The federal anti-narcotics agency, early this month, had arrested Rahman K for allegedly dealing in ecstasy drugs.
"Rahman had been selling MDMA and other party drugs among students of his college and the neighbouring ones," the NCB said.
"Investigation also revealed that the accused had placed the order of MDMA pills online in exchange of Bitcoins," it alleged.
A few days back, the agency arrested a couple in Mumbai for allegedly dealing in this category of narcotics.
MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), commonly known as ecstasy, is a party drug that alters mood and its perception is chemically similar to stimulants and hallucinogens.
As per officials, each ecstasy pill costs between Rs21,500 and Rs22,500 in the domestic market.