NCB arrests 3 more in cruise ship drug party case
Mumbai/IBNS: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested three more people in connection with the drugs raid on a cruise off the coast of Mumbai in which Bollywood superstar Sharukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested on Sunday.
The four fresh arrests include two drug peddlers and a passenger in connection with the cruise ship drug party case, according to a Hindustan Time report.
Two more passengers on board the cruise were arrested for creating a scene, purportedly under some influence, and breaking some window panes.
The captain of the ship had complained that the accused were acting under the influence of drugs, said the report.
One of the passengers was carrying hydrophonic weed, and Mephedrone worth Rs 5 lakh while a Jogeshwari-based drug peddler was in possession of intermediate quantity of MDMA (a party drug), NCB claimed. Both have been arrested by the agency.
Officials claimed the drug peddler was in touch with several people on the ship and could have supplied the drugs.
“After scrutinising of several pieces of evidence we have arrested a drug peddler Shreyas Nair from western suburbs and another drug supplier from Jogeshwari area,” said NCB’s zonal director Sameer Wankhede, according to the HT report.
Wankhede said the identity of the second drug peddler to be arrested could not be revealed due to ongoing operation.
“He mostly runs his drug business through cryptocurrency and uses the darknet,” Wankhede said.
Eight persons including Shahrukh Khan’s son were first detained for questioning and later arrested on October 3.
On Monday, the NCB claimed before a city court that it has recovered “shocking and incriminating” material in the WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan and two others arrested in connection with the case, revealing international drug trafficking.
Aryan Khan’s lawyer claimed no drugs were recovered from his client’s possession.
However, Aryan had discussed modes of payment to be done for procurement (of drugs), the NCB told the court while seeking the remand of Aryan Khan (23) and the other accused from the court till Thursday, the report stated.