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PhD chemist, customer caught red-handed in mephedrone bust in Hyderabad

PhD chemist, customer caught red-handed in mephedrone bust in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], December 13 (ANI): The Directorate of Revenue and Intelligence (DRI) on Friday caught a PhD degree holder chemist red-handed while delivering 3.15 kilograms of banned psychotropic substance, mephedrone -- that he himself manufactured -- worth Rs 63.12 lakh to a man in Hyderabad. The chemist, who worked in the pharma sector, and his customer have been arrested and the drug seized.
As per a DRI statement, a raid was conducted at the chemist's lab on the outskirts of the city, from where another 112 gram of mephedrone samples, apart from raw materials sufficient to make another 15 to 20 kilograms of the substance, was recovered.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the man has manufactured and sold more than 100 kilograms of mephedrone in the last year.
Mephedrone is a synthetic stimulant drug generally abused for recreation and popular among the urban college-going crowd. Commonly known as DRONE, Meow Meow, etc., it is known for its effects similar to that of MDMA, amphetamine and cocaine. (ANI)

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