As the Anti Narcotic Cell (ANC) is close to nabbing an international drug dealer operating from Goa, the link between the police and drug mafia is difficult to negate, with sources indicating the availability of drugs from Goa Police Co-HSG Society in Sainagar, Porvorim.
First, the good news. The ANC is zeroing in on an international drug dealer (name and nationality withheld on request) who has been smuggling drugs into Goa for the last many years.
“We have zeroed down on a top drug dealer who has been bringing drugs to Goa, getting it mixed with chemicals, and later supplying it to dealers in Goa and outside,” disclosed a source who is part of the intelligence team.
“This is a pretty old syndicate with the main dealers moving in and out of Goa occasionally. Our investigations have revealed that they have attained immovable property in Goa,” added the source.
“The ANC is a small team of just one deputy superintendent, a police inspector and three officers, and yet we are doing the best we can. I will neither confirm nor deny, but am happy about the work that is being done,” stated the newly-appointed ANC superintendent, Bossuet Da Silva.
“Cocaine and heroin are brought from abroad, and after being mixed with chemicals, which can be purchased from pharmacies, are sold to gullible tourists in Goa in the form of Ecstasy or speed drugs,” disclosed the source from the intelligence service.
With the positive news flows the negative - drugs are now being easily purchased by individuals, mostly coming with two-wheelers, within the vicinity of the Goa Police Housing Society in Socorro.
“That drugs are being sold by some individuals living in the police society has become obvious for quite a while now. Slowly, a handful of residents outside the society have also started to sell,” disclosed an individual who is privy to the information.
“You name the drug you want and be assured that you will get it. Peddling now is not as discreet as it was before,” added the source.
The Goa Police link with the drug mafia came to the fore after Israeli national Dravid Driham, well known as Dudu, blew the whistle after he was implicated in a police-politician-drug mafia nexus.
After a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the high court, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was roped in to clear the air, as the name of one Roy, who claimed to be the son of former home minister Ravi Naik, bubbled in the obnoxious cauldron of drugs.
Dudu was discharged during the first week of August 2023, in the case by the additional session court judge of North Goa. Charges were ordered to be framed against seven police personnel, including the ANC DySP Naresh Mhamal and Police Inspector Sunil Gudlar.
“Unless the police involved are reprimanded, they will not learn. They have to be punished and only then will we see change. Allegations that the police are still involved in the sale and distribution of drugs cannot be ruled out,” stated an individual following the police-drug mafia nexus in Goa.
Additional Session Court Judge Sharmila Patel ruled that Dudu, the accused No 1 stood discharged for offences punishable under various sections of the NDPS Act and instead charges be framed against accused No 2 to 8 – all individuals from Goa Police.
Oblivious to the fact that he was talking to a journalist, a man in a bar in Socorro said, “I can point out to you people who will provide you with the drugs you want. What happens later is your problem.”