Cops alarmed by educated youths taking to drug trade

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 23-06-2022 | 06:00 am

Cops alarmed by educated youths taking to drug trade

Cops have come across an unsettling fact after recent drug busts, including the one at the Chula Chicken restaurant near Bhat toll plaza on SP Ring Road: More and more educated youths, who are aware about the pitfalls of the drug trade and its consumption, are taking to drug trafficking to make quick bucks. Cops have formed special teams to track down food outlets that double up as drug distribution points.Aakash Vinjhava, the drug trafficker who used to sell synthetic drugs through an e-commerce website, has a degree in Electronics and Communication. Jaikishan Thakor (27) of Krishnanagar and the owner of Chula Chicken restaurant is a science graduate while his partner Ankit Kulhari (24), hailing from Junjunu in Rajasthan, is a BBA. Drug peddler Rushabh Vaishnav (26), a resident of Nikol, turned out to be a commerce graduate. He was arrested by Gandhinagar police later on. Vaishnav was caught by Gandhinagar police later on after recovering 294 gm cannabis from the other accused.Increase in the use of cannabis oil has also worried the cops. Inspector Sachin Pawar of Gandhinagar SOG said Thakor and Kulhari used to extract oil from cannabis (hybrid ganja) and sold it to a select clientele, who consumed it with cookies.Pawar said, “This is not the only way cannabis oil is consumed by drug addicts. Some addicts remove tobacco from a cigarette, mix the tobacco with cannabis oil and refill the cigarette before smoking it. We are hunting for the key supplier of such drugs based in the city.”A top police official told Mirror that a couple approached him and said that their teenage son eats puff from only one shop. The official said, “The teenager became aggressive and adamant when told not to consume too much of puffs. On probing the curious case, we found that the shopkeeper mixed poppy straw in the puff. We booked the shopkeeper but the parents did not come on record as they feared the fact would cause them embarrassment in the society.”Gandhinagar police said they have formed a team to track and trace food outlets and tea stalls that add contraband to innocuous dishes they serve to their customers.Gandhinagar SP Tarun Duggal said though the drug seizures are small from such accused, they are digging deep to get to the origin of the drug network.ATS SP Sunil Joshi said apart from cracking down on international drug rackets they are also hunting for drug traffickers and peddlers so that they can get to the root of small syndicates supplying synthetic drugs.SOG procures 20 multi-drug detection devicesTo crack down hard on drug traffickers, the Special Operation Group Ahmedabad has procured 20 multi-drug detection kits, known as “Multi-Drug Multi-line Twist Screen Test Devices”. DSP B C Solanki of SOG said a sponge strip is put in the mouth of the suspect and then inserted in the device. “If the saliva on the sponge strip contains contraband, the meter on the device shows brown straps. We had tested ten youths on Tuesday evening out of which one tested positive. The youth admitted that he is a drug addict. The kit would help us to identify drug addicts and through them the drug trafficker,” said DSP Solanki.

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