Mumbai: British national, 2 others held with high-grade drugs

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(Eds: Adds details of arrests) Mumbai, Jan 9 (PTI) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday arrested three persons, including a British national, for allegedly supplying imported strains of ganja in the metropolis, an official said.

One of those arrested is a suspect in the drug case being probed after the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June last year, he added.

Over 200 kilograms of ganja, including imported strains like 'OG Kush' (a strain of cannabis indica), and curated marijuana, some of which had been sourced from the United States as well as local areas, were recovered in the NCB action, he said.

'A team of NCB's Mumbai unit led by zonal director Sameer Wankhede conducted a raid in Bandra West and seized ganja from a courier initially. It also conducted searches in Khar west and recovered a huge stash of imported strains of ganja from British national Karan Sajnani,' he said.

Sajnani's questioning revealed the role of Rahila Furniturewala, a suspect in the drug probe following Rajput's death.

'Contraband like ganja and bud (street slang for marijuana and hashish) was recovered from Furniturewala, who was also providing financial aid to the network. Shaista, the sister of Rahila, was also arrested with ganja. The drugs were rolled into joints by Sajnani for supply to high-class clients in Mumbai and other states,' the official said.

Earlier in the day, the Mumbai unit of NCB conducted searches across the metropolis in connection with the drugs case linked to Rajput's death.

Several people were apprehended during these searches, and questioning of some of them was underway, officials said.

Rajput was found dead in his Bandra home in June last year, after which the NCB started a probe into alleged use of drugs in the film industry. PTI DC BNM BNM