Hospitality graduate arrested for selling marijuana

He used the payment of an insurance claim to fund entry into the drug trade

Police arrested a hotel management graduate who allegedly used money he received from an insurance claim to start a drug deal. The accused, Sachin, 25, a resident of Nayandahalli, was arrested along with his partner Anand, 23, a rickshaw driver from Hebbagodi, as they were selling drugs to local hawkers in Devanahalli on Tuesday. The police recovered 101 kg of marijuana worth 40 lakh from them.

Sachin’s brother, Sagar, who is said to be part of the racket, is on the run. Efforts are being made to find him, said Deputy Police Commissioner (Northeast) CK Baba.

Police say Sachin, after completing a hotel management course in Chennai, traveled to Malaysia as part of his internship. He then moved to Bengaluru and got a job in the hospitality industry. “Sachin started using marijuana and started selling it in small amounts to fuel his consumption. He befriended Anand, who is also a drug addict, and the duo decided to buy and sell marijuana on a large scale, ”Mr. Baba said.

Further investigations revealed that Sachin recently had a non-fatal accident and received an insurance claim. He invested the money to buy drugs from his contact in Vizag. He transported the shipment to Bangalore undetected in a cargo van. The racketeering came to light when police received reports of hawkers coming to Devanahalli to sell marijuana to students visiting Nandi Hills. A team was keeping watch near Rani Cross, where Sachin and the others were selling marijuana.

A few hours later, he and Anand reached the place by bicycle, but saw the police and tried to escape. The police chased them down, grabbed the duo and seized 5 kg of ganja from them. In a subsequent raid on Sachin’s home in Nayandahalli, police recovered the remaining 96 kg of drugs. However, Sagar who was staying with Sachin and was also part of the racket managed to escape.

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