Accused No. 5 Vaibhav Jain Arrested In The Sandalwood Drug Case Is A Gold Trader
Bengaluru: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has arrested Vaibhav Jain, a bullion trader who is in his 30s, on charges of supplying drugs in parties attended by Sandalwood stars and socialites. With his arrest, the number of people in custody in the alleged peddling case has risen to 10.
“Jain played a vital role in supplying drugs at parties and other places like houses of the other accused. We have evidence in the form of pictures, mobile texts and videos to establish his connection with the case,” an investigating officer was quoted in the media.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai Sunday said “We have decided to further strengthen the crackdown against drugs and narcotic substances. The coming week is crucial, as we have decided to give instructions to police in border districts for more stricter measures against drugs coming into the state from inter-state borders.”
Speaking to reporters here, he said “We will be making certain decisions in this regard in the coming days.”
Meanwhile, a few lawmakers have asked Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to convene an all-party meeting involving MLAs, MLCs and MPs to discuss the drug scandal.
In another development, after a Bengaluru police team unearthed over 1200 kg of ganja in a sheep pen in Kalaburagi on Thursday, five cops from Kalagi police station were suspended for failing to discover the huge stockpile.
As the drug peddling case is getting wider, the police are looking at rug gangs in neighbouring states, especially Kerala. These gangs encourage farmers in the Western Ghats region to cultivate ganja in the midst of regular crops.
“Drug lords from Kerala use local farmers or labourers to cultivate cannabis on government or forest land in Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru. Often, labourers have no clue they are doing something illegal. Drug lords also encourage locals who own land to shift from traditional farming to growing cannabis,” an official was quoted in the local press.