AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad police crime branch and directorate of revenue intelligence arrested in Aurangabad on Saturday a chemical engineer, who is a Surat native and a former pharma employee, on the charge of running a narcotics empire that supplied drugs to many cities and for the most exclusive and high-profile rave parties in Mumbai.
They confiscated from his two hidden facilities in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad a trove of 23,000 litres of chemicals – a chilling cocktail destined for the illegal production of mind-altering substances ketamine, mephedrone, and the infamous cocaine.
According to DRI sources, the high-stakes joint operation also yielded a shocking inventory of contraband: 23kg of cocaine, approximately 17kg of mephedrone, and 4.3kg of ketamine, all primed for the treacherous black market. The estimated value of the entire haul of psychotropic substances and raw chemicals was a staggering Rs 500 crore.
Suspect Jitesh Hinhoria had traded a legitimate career about a year-and-a-half ago for the dark arts of narcotics production and established his underground operation in Aurangabad, crime branch sources said.
Hinhoria primarily distributed the cocaine in Mumbai and other psychotropic drugs in Ratlam, Indore, Delhi, Chennai and Surat. Chennai was the principal market for ketamine, while Surat had numerous clients for mephedrone, the police sources said.