Five arrested for smuggling and selling ganja in Chennai, 160 kg of drugs seized

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Two of those arrested, including a woman, were from Visakhapatnam, AP, and had brought the drugs to Chennai, police said.

Royapuram police have arrested five people, including a woman, for allegedly smuggling ganja from Andhra Pradesh and selling it in the town.

According to police, on Thursday afternoon, a sub-inspector of police attached to Royapuram received reports that five people, including a woman, were standing near Royapuram’s old NRT bridge. On the instructions of the Law and Order Inspector Royapuram, a team of police went to the scene and found five people standing with white plastic jute bags. Seeing the police team, the gang tried to escape from the place with the bags. The team quickly rounded them up.

Two of them — C. Ramana, 33, and Y. Sathiyavathi, 32 — were from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, while the other three were local residents who joined them at Royapuram railway station to buy weed. Searching their bags, the police team found the contraband concealed in small parcels intended for sale.

They were taken to Royapuram police station and questioned further. One case has been registered under the provisions of the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).

Police said that during interrogation, Ramana and Sathiyavathi confessed that they came by express train from Vishakapattinam to Sullurpet and changed to an EMU train from Sullurpet to Gummidipoondi. They got off at Gummidipoondi and changed to another local train from Gummidipoondi to Royapuram to sell ganja to their regular buyers in town.

Police arrested Ramana and Sathiyavathi along with K. Moovendan, 29 years old from Thirunindra Nagar, Puzhal, V. Surya, 29 years old from Pallavan Nagar, New Washermenpet and M. Subramani, 42 years old from Tondiarpet. In total, 160 kg of ganja were seized from them. The five defendants are habitual drug addicts, police said.

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