"He lured the kids by giving them chocolates"
The Indian Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) arrested drug dealer, Asif Khan, aged 34, of Mumbai on Thursday, August 23, 2018, for using children as ‘drug mules’.
Khan, who used the alias, Chuha, bribed the children with chocolate, toys, money and video games to get them to deliver narcotics to college students.
The ANC seized 58 grams of mephedrone (MD) worth Rs. 1.16 lakhs (£1,294) from him.
At least 30 college students in the Western suburbs are thought to have bought the pills from Khan.
Police are now tracing Khan’s customers.
Khan was aware that he cannot be arrested if no drugs are present on him under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Act of 1985.
So he bribed schoolchildren to deliver them instead.
Police received a tip-off that the drug dealer was delivering drugs to college students on Monday, August 20, 2018.
Police deputy commissioner Shivdeep Lande said:
“Since the last two days, we have been gathering information about Khan after getting a tip-off that he was delivering drugs to college students.”
“Police traced a few of the children he used as ‘drug mules’, took them into confidence and collected further information about Khan.”
“A team from ANC’s Bandra unit laid a trap and caught him with over 58 grams of mephedrone.”
Anil Wadhawane, a police officer was patrolling on duty, where Khan carried out his drug dealing activities near Gaondevi Dongri and area of Andheri.
Speaking the operation Lande:
“As a drug peddler and supplier, he used kids to supply his materials to college students and teens adjoining the area of crime.
“He frequently targeted school kids thinking this as a soft risk of being intercepted by the local police and also by the ANC.
“He lured the kids by giving them chocolates, money and other things which could easily convince those kids to do his work.
“As per demand of the college students, Khan would supply the drug namely Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy.”
It is heard that Khan would take money in advance from the buyer and ask them to wait in a designated spot the next day.
The drugs peddler would convince schoolchildren in the area to hand over a ‘sachet’ to his customer.
Khan confessed to his crimes and said that there were at least 30 customers.
This is not the first time that Khan has been arrested for drug-related crimes.
In 2012, he was arrested for possessing seven kilograms of marijuana where he was convicted and spent over two years in prison.
After his release, Khan began dealing again and committed crimes related to drugs and psychotropic substances.
Khan has also four assault cases against him at DN Nagar police station.
ANC officials are urging colleges in the Western suburbs to keep a close eye on their students.