Hyderabad: The Rachakonda police put a drug peddler under preventive detention on 10 July. Varthyavath Bhaskar has been charged with illegal possession and for transporting ganja from Andhra Pradesh to Hyderabad and Maharashtra. He has been detained at Central Prison in Cherlapally.

Varthyavath Bhaskar and his associate Kethavath Prakash used to run a travel business in Hayathnagar. While doing business, one of their customers, Ramavath Pandu, became close friends and the trio formed a gang. They started procuring ganja at a cheaper rate, Rs. 3,000 per kg, from Korra Vasu and Suresh of Visakhapatnam.

They gang used to transport the ganja in a Mahindra XUV 500 car which belonged to Varthyavath Bhaskar. They were supplying and selling ganja to Karan Parkale of Maharashtra at Rs. 8,000 per kg and also selling it to needy customers in Hyderabad.

In March this year, the police busted the operation and seized 100 kg ganja and Rs. 30,000 cash from their possession. The police also seized a cell phone and the car used to transport the drugs.

Two cases were registered against Varthyavath Bhaskar and his associates at Vanasthalipuram police station and Abdullapurmet police station under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985.

The commissioner of police of Rachakonda, Mahesh M. Bhagwat, invoked the preventive detention orders on Friday with a view to prevent Varthyavath Bhaskar from committing such illegal activities.

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