Drug racket busted in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: City police today claimed to have busted an international racket that dealt in "recreational drugs"-ecstasy and LSD-with the arrest of three persons, including two peddlers on charges of smuggling the banned substance from Netherlands.

The kingpin of the racket in India identified as Anthony alias John, along with his partner Dheeraj Nayak, got the drugs from one Frank of Netherlands and peddled them here and in other metro cities across the country. Anthony and Dheeraj were arrested today, Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan told reporters here.

A consignment of 367 ecstasy pills, 62 blots of LSD and 50 grams of amphetamine worth Rs 8 lakh was seized from a bus in Attapur here today, Khan said adding, "Ecstasy and LSD is the first catch of its kind in Hyderabad."

Methylene dioxy methamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy, induces euphoria, is a stimulant and is associated with dance and rave parties, the Hyderabad police chief explained. LSD (Lysergic Acid diethylasside) called `acid` or `pharoah` is taken orally on an absorbent blotter paper and also taken in liquid form.

Anthony, a native of Mangalore smuggled the drugs through courier service from Netherlands to Dheeraj here and from here it was sent to other metros where it was sold to youths, Khan said. Police also arrested the bus-driver Dharamraj Deshmukh, while Frank is absconding. The Langer Houz Police booked a case under relevant sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Further investigations are on.