THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a crackdown on peddlers who go mobile – both on their phones as well as while dealing - the city police chased and arrested two peddlers who used to sell ganja by roaming around in a luxury car. The suspects were identified as Madhupan, 21 of Observatory Hills, Vellayambalam and Cristy, 21 of Lalikala Sadan, Nehru junction Vettucaud.
The duo used their car to go to nearby states and procure ganja in massive quantity. They then made them into packets worth Rs 500, Rs 1000, Rs 3000 and sold them near educational institutions. Police arranged surveillance on the suspects this past week after learning that they supplied ganja based on requests made over mobile phones.
On Friday morning, the shadow police followed the suspects and arrested them near All India Radio, Vazhuthacaud. During the chase, peddlers were found selling ganja at various places. “The buyers were youngsters, mostly engineering college students,” City Police Commissioner Sparjan Kumar said.
The arrest was made by a team headed by Narcotics Cell Assistant Commissioner R. Dethan and Control Room Assistant Commissioner Pramod Kumar. With police frequently shaking up peddler dens at Beemapally, Karimadom and Rajaji Nagar, many peddlers have gone mobile to avert arrest. Similarly, new entrants find it safer to supply ganja by moving around in vehicles, police said.