Raids at 2 places unearth drugs worth Rs 12 lakh

The everyday drug raids are an indication of the scale of the drug use among the Goans. Unless the government is firm about dealing with this menace, we will only be catching the small flies while the actual kingpins go scot free
The Goa police arrested a middle-aged Goan  and a man from  Bihar in two separate cases, seizing  drugs worth around Rs 12 lakh from them during the raids conducted in the wee hours of Friday at two different coastal villages of North Goa district.

In the first case, the crime branch  arrested one  Menino Felix Fernandes, a 58-year-old man from Anjuna, and seized drugs worth Rs 7.5 lakh during a raid conducted at Anjuna in the wee hours of Friday.

Fernandes was found possessing  67 gm of MDMA and 9.39 gm of cocaine, both  worth around Rs 7.5 lakh, the police said.

“We had been tracking movements of the accused. We suspect that the accused has been into drug related activities for many years. The probe is on to ascertain if he  has any accomplices in the crime,” said crime branch DySP Sammy Tavares.

In the second drug haul case, the ANC arrested one

Akshat Kumar (23), who hails from Bihar, during a raid conducted near the fish market, Arambol  in Pernem taluka.

Acting on a tip-off, an ANC team conducted  the raid in the wee hours of Friday and nabbed Kumar  for illegal possession of 2.5 kg of suspected ganja and 1.1 kg of suspected charas, both  worth around Rs 4.5 lakh.

The Anjuna raid was conducted by crime branch team PSI Marlon D’Souza along with PSIs Sujay Korgaonkar,  Laxi Amonkar,  Edwin Dias and the staffers – Vinayak Sawant, Sriram Salgaonkar, Vinay Srivastava and Ashok Gawade.

On the other hand, the ANC team that conducted the raid at Arambol was led by PSI Rahul Naik, who worked  under the supervision of PI Suraj Halarnkar.