Hyderabad: The Rachakonda police on Monday invoked the Preventive Detention (PD) Act against an interstate drug peddler for farming and selling opium poppy seeds to peddlers in Bengaluru, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. He was later detained in Central Prison, Cherlapally.
The accused has been identified as Dandupally Chennakeshavaulu (45) from Ananthapur district in Andhra Pradesh.
Despite a prohibition on opium cultivation, Chennakeshavaulu and his partner Dhimmiri Venkata Ramana illegally cultivated opium to sell to smugglers. Chennakeshavaulu procured opium poppy seeds from Dhimmiri of Chittoor district. The latter was cultivating the drug in his farmland which he had leased in the limits of Lemur village of Kandukur mandal.
The Kandukur police and SOT, Rachakonda, in a joint operation, raided the land in Lemur and found opium poppy crops cultivated in approximately two acres. The police arrested Chennakeshavaulu and seized 390 kg of opium poppy seeds packed in gunny bags, ready to be transported to the peddlers. He was remanded to judicial custody and lodged in Central prison, Cherlapally.
To prevent Chennakeshavaulu from committing similar crimes in the future, the police invoked the PD Act and detained him.