Surat (Gujarat ) [India], November 12: Surat city police raided a laboratory in Sarthana on Friday for the production of Mephedrone, also known as MD in the local market. The police have seized suspicious chemical powders, liquids, and laboratory equipment used to make MD drugs.
According to official sources, Praveenkumar Balvantrai Bishnoi, a resident of Punasa in Rajasthan’s Jhalor district, was apprehended by Surat police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) on November 9 with 58 grams of MD drug valued at Rs 5.85 lakh. Bishnoi revealed that the MD drug was supposed to be delivered to Jaimin Savani, who is wanted under the NDPS Act.
The city police were looking for Savani, who is from the Bhavnagar district’s Umrala taluka. On Thursday night, a team of SOG sleuths went to Bhavnagar in search of Savani and apprehended him in his native village. He (Savani) was brought to Surat and, while being questioned, revealed that he is addicted to MD drugs and gets his supply from Rajasthan.
According to police, Savani was selling MD drugs in the local market and had considered opening a manufacturing unit in Surat. Savani watched videos on the YouTube channel and learned how to make MD drugs. He did, however, set up a small laboratory at his office in Sarthana’s Rajveer Shopping Complex.
During the raid, the city police seized 22 grams of monomethyl chemical, 1.75 liters of methanol liquid, 200 grams of p-benzoquinone chemical for synthesis, and other laboratory apparatus and equipment required for manufacturing MD drug.
A senior officer said, “The accused is under rigorous questioning. We want to find out who else is involved in the illegal drug racket and the details about the suppliers of chemicals and laboratory equipment.”