New Delhi: In a record haul, the Thane police seized around 22 tons of party drugs this month. Their stupendous achievement earned them a letter of appreciation from the US Drug Enforcement Agency. While the entire bust is worthy of applause, investigative reports suggest that Bollywood ex-actor Mamata Kulkarni’s husband Vicky Goswami is the kingpin of the entire operation.
Earlier this week, the police raided a pharmaceutical factory and seized 18.5 tonnes of Ephedrine and 2.5 tonnes of acetic anhydride having total worth of Rs 2,500 crores. It is also being said that Mamta is a central figure in the international drug ring.
So far, seven people have been arrested by the police in what looks like an international drug cartel.
Vicky Goswami, however, is a serial offender and his association with drugs has sent him to the prison in the past. In 1997, he was arrested for drug trafficking in Dubai and served 15 years in a prison there. Post that, he moved with Mamta to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Vicky is on the most wanted list of US and Thane police for drug offences.
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"This is an international racket and Vicky Goswami is the main link to it. As for Mamta Kulkarni, we are probing her role,"
Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh said to a leading daily, referring to the ephedrine haul.
United States' Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Tuesday named Vicky as the main suspect. Since an Interpol notice has been issued against Vicky, he can not leave Kenya. So he asked wife Mamta whom he married in 2013 to meet clients in Dubai, Singapore, South Africa and the US.
Mamta allegedly also struck business deals with drug networks in Maharashtra, and Vicky used her name to carry out bank transactions.