Police Stop Drug Trafficking in Coimbatore City, Thondamuthur; Seizure of methamphetamine, prescription pills

Coimbatore city police arrested five people on Thursday and seized methamphetamine and prescription pills from them.

Preliminary police investigation revealed that she was selling around 1 lakh tablets of Tapentadol, a painkiller used to treat moderate to acute pain, at prices ranging between ₹60 and ₹300 as compared to the actual price.

Those arrested are Praveen Shetty, 36, Arvind Nagar in Dharwad in Karnataka; Coimbatore native Shahul Hameed, 27, of Kurichi Junction; K. Murugan, 27, from Sowripalayam; Akbar Ali, 28, from Sunnambu Kalvai near Karumbukadai; and Riyaz Khan, 24, from Kuniyamuthur.

Police seized 115 tapentadol tablets, three grams of methamphetamine, 10 nitrazepam tablets, syringes and other materials from them.

Coimbatore City Police Commissioner V. Balakrishnan said the accused from the city had procured the drugs from Praveen Shetty. He worked in a pharmacy namely Karnataka Medicals in Hubballi for over 10 years and supplied medicines under the guidance of pharmacy owner Vasantha Shetty.

Praveen Shetty was arrested by Karumbukadai police when he came to the city on Wednesday. “With the arrest of the supplier, we hope that the flow of these drugs into the city will stop,” he said.

In a separate incident, a special team of Coimbatore District Police Commissioner V. Badrinarayanan on Wednesday arrested six Assam natives, including three women, from Thondamuthur for possession of an opium drug.

Those arrested are Ashma Khatun (40), Zaheera Khatun (29), her husband Indrish Ali (29), Khadija Khatun (37), Ali Hussain (48) and Rabibul Islam (24), who are in a facility Processing of arecanuts in Thondamuthur worked.

Police seized the narcotic drug worth around ₹2.1 lakh, which was kept in 70 small vials. The police also seized 1,900 empty bottles.

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