A automotive was additionally seized from the accused’s possession, police mentioned. (Representational)

Pune:

Police have seized 20 kg of mephedrone, a banned artificial drug, value Rs 20 crore and arrested 5 individuals in Pune district, an official mentioned on Thursday.

It’s suspected that the accused had been dealing in medication beneath the garb of pharmaceutical commerce, mentioned a senior police official.

The seizure was made close to Shel Pimpalgaon village on Chakan-Shikrapur Street, 45 km from Pune, on Wednesday afternoon, he mentioned.

Performing on a tip-off that 5 individuals would arrive to promote the contraband, the police laid a lure within the space and caught them, mentioned Krishna Prakash, Commissioner of Police, Pimpri Chinchwad.

“They had been arrested beneath related sections of the Indian Penal Code and Narcotic Medication and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act,” he mentioned, including {that a} automotive was additionally seized from the accused’s possession.

The accused had been recognized as Chetan Dandwate, Anandgir Gosavi, Akshay Kale, Sanjivkumar Bansiraut and Tausif Taslim.

“Since all these accused are linked to the pharma buying and selling enterprise, we’re investigating whether or not they had been doing drug commerce beneath that garb,” mentioned Mr Prakash.

“We’re additionally probing from the place they had been procuring it and the place it wasbeing manufactured and the place had been they distributing,” the police commissioner added.