Ganja haul: Two interstate peddlers arrested, XUV seized | Mangaluru News

MANGALURU: The CCB team of the Mangaluru city police has arrested two persons, who were part of a major drug racket supplying ganja from Andhra Pradesh to Mangaluru, Bengaluru and Kerala.
The CCB team has arrested Rameez Raz, 30, a resident of Naringana village in Bantwal taluk and Abdul Khader Haris, 31, from Miyapadavu of Manjeshwar in Kasaragod. The accused were nabbed while transporting 132 kg of ganja in an XUV on Thursday.
Mangaluru city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said a team of CCB led by inspector Mahesh Prasad and PSI Rajendra B intercepted the vehicle in which ganja was being transported at Kayargoli near Mudipu.
“Based on a tip off about ganja being transported in an XUV, the police team swung into action and intercepted the XUV. It was found that the accused were transporting ganja to Mangaluru from Visakhapatnam via Bengaluru. The accused had stored sharp weapons inside the vehicle to attack the police or public, if they are stopped,” the commissioner said.
The police team has seized a white Mahindra XUV500, 132kg of ganja, two mobile phones, three swords and Rs 2,180 from the accused. The value of the seized items is Rs 39.15 lakh, he said.
Rameez Raz has three separate cases pending against him at Konaje police station for consuming drugs, selling ganja and for assault. He was booked for ganja peddling and in an attempt to murder at Ullal police station. Further, he is also an accused in a ganja peddling case registered at Mangaluru north police station. Meanwhile, another accused Abdul Khader Haris has two murder attempt cases registered against him in Ullal police station. In addition, Manjeshwar police in Kasaragod district have also booked two assault cases against him, Kumar said.
On the modus operandi, the commissioner said the accused were hiring vehicles to transport ganja from Visakhapatnam. “The duo, who are residents of border areas of Karnataka and Kerala, were procuring ganja from Visakhapatnam and supplying it in both states. Many more accused are involved in the ganja racket and we have launched a manhunt to nab all of them. A case against the accused has been registered at the CEN police station. We will produce them before the court and seek police custody for investigation,” he added.

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