Hyderabad: LB Nagar Special Operations Team and Abdullapurmet police apprehended two alleged drug peddlers and seized three liters of hashish oil near ORR.
The accused were identified as Thota Santhosh Kumar, 36, and Pawde Veerabhadra, 28, both residents of KPHB.
According to police, Santhosh Kumar and Veerabhadra were fruit vendors before they took to crime.
During his trips to the city outskirts, Santosh got acquainted with Raju, a resident of the Narsipatnam area. Subsequently, Raju suggested him to peddle drugs on a commission basis. Santosh accepted the offer as his earnings were not enough to run the household.
The two had earlier transported drugs from the Visakhapatnam agency area to Hyderabad and sold them to customers in the surrounding areas.
After police started cracking down on marijuana, they started peddling hashish oil. They purchased oil for Rs 90,000 per liter and sold it at Rs 4 lakh per liter.
On Thursday, officials caught them red-handed with hashish oil near ORR. Three liters of hashish oil were recovered from their possession. Police said their associate Raju is absconding.
A light commercial vehicle and two mobile phones were also seized. The value of the seized items is estimated to be Rs 15 lakh.