Maha: Drugs worth 21 lakh seized from man having 19 cases

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Mumbai, Feb 14 (PTI) A 32-year-old man having 19 criminal cases against him has been arrested following seizure of mephedrone, a banned drug, worth Rs 21 lakh from his possession in Mumbai, a police official said on Sunday.

The accused, Abdul Aziz Abdul Hamid Shaikh, was nabbed on Saturday from 90 Feet Road in Dharavi area when he started running away after seeing officials of the police's anti- narcotics cell (ANC) patrolling there, he said.

Sleuths of the ANC's Worli unit caught him and seized 210 gm of mephedrone worth around Rs 21 lakh from his possession, the official said.

Mephedrone, also known as MD, is a synthetic stimulant and banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

During a probe into the matter, the police came to know that Shaikh already had 19 cases registered against him in Mumbai, including for murder, robbery and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the ANC official said.

The accused had also been externed from Mumbai thrice, he said.

A case has now been registered against him under the NDPS Act, he added. PTI ZA BNM GK GK