3 arrested; 10 kg of narcotics susbstance seized
PANJIM: In a first of its kind and a major narcotics raid, Goa Police found cannabis being cultivated at Aradi in Candolim and arrested well-known restaurateur Lenny Fialho along with two others.
Calangute Police said that based on reliable information, a proper survey was carried out, and only later was a raid conducted on Tuesday evening.
Calangute Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi said that as per a preliminary inquiry, the cannabis plantation was being carried out in a small plot for the last two years.
“We found two labourers working for Fialho in a plot. They were also residing in the same place that is attached with small rooms. We have seized the entire cultivation and sealed the place including the rooms,” Dalvi said. Police said that the seized narcotics substance weighs around 10kg and it is worth Rs 10 lakh.
Fialho along with Susanta Sahoo (26) and Pravash Salam (20) were arrested under Section 20(a)(I) of NDPS Act, 1985 and lodged in police custody for further investigation, Dalvi said.
He said the property documents have been obtained as a vital piece of evidence in the case, and the documents confirm that the property belongs to Fialho.
The raid was conducted under supervision and in the presence of PI Dalvi and his team consisting of PSI Sitaram Malik, Police Constables Yogesh Bordekar, GanpatTiloji and Brahmanand Polji.
Further investigation is in progress with Malik under Dalvi’s close supervision and guidance of DySP Nelson Albuqueruqe and SP Chandana Chowdhary.
Fialho was allegedly cultivating cannabis for the last two years in a plot measuring 450 sq mtrs. The plot was well fenced with thick plywood so that activities inside could not be visible. The top of the plot was also covered with agro shed net for sunlight control favorable for cultivation of cannabis.
Police suspect that the cultivated product was being sold along the beach belt to use in hookas. Police have also confiscated some hooka sets from the site.