Inter-state racket busted; five arrested, 82 kilo ganja seized

Hyderabad: Five persons, including three from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, were arrested at Meerpet on Tuesday and 82 kg of ganja was recovered. The accused would buy the contraband from Chintapalli, Paderu and border villages of Visakhapatnam-Odisha border at a cheap rate and sell it to customers in Hyderabad at a premium, sleuths of the special operations team of L B Nagar, said.
Three of the accused — Phangitelli Teja, 28, of East Godavari, Vandalam Nagarjuna, 21, and Chadala Chinnabbai, 22, both from Vishakapatnam — boarded a private travel bus in Vizag on Monday night by carrying the ganja in three travelling bags. They went to the house of Kamoji Kondal, 31, in Meerpet to deliver the contraband. In the meantime, another accused Subedar Vinod Singh, 32, of Dhoolpet also reached Kondal’s house to purchase ganja and that was when police caught them. Supplier Raju is still at large. Police said Teja would purchase ganja from Raju. Teja would send Chinnabbai and Nagarjuna to collect the contraband from Raju in Vizag. “He would pack the ganja in airtight plastic covers and keep them in travelling bags to mislead cops,” a police official said.
Kondal met Teja’s brother in Rajahmundry Central Jail in 2017 when he was arrested under NDPS Act in East Godavari district and got in touch with Teja. Kondal worked as a mediator for Teja who would send ganja to Vinod to sell it to customers in Hyderabad.
Fortyone packets with each packet containing 2 kg of ganja, Rs 30,000 and a vehicle were recovered from the accused, who were booked under relevant sections of the NDPS Act.

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