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20 August 2010
Ravi Teja’s brothers held with cocaine
Third Cocaine Arrest In Last Two Weeks
Sending a strong signal to ‘high–end’ drug consumers in the city, police laid a trap and caught Tollywood personalities red–handed while they were purchasing cocaine from a Nigerian national near an eatery in Banjara Hills on Thursday night.
For the first time, police managed to nab a Tollywood personality red–handed while purchasing coke from a Nigerian national at Road Number 3 in Banjara Hills on Thursday.
After carefully following a peddler, Cheema Clement, a Nigerian national staying in Sainikpuri area, the Banjara Hills police caught popular Tollywood actor Ravi Teja’s brothers Raghu Babu, Bharat and their friend Naresh, purchasing cocaine from Cheema near Hyderabad House at around 9.45 pm.
According to police, the trio came in a black Ford Fusion (AP 13 L 8999) registered in the name of Ravi Shankar Raju alias Ravi Teja and stopped in a lane next to Green Mosque where Cheema was waiting.
After the arrival of the trio, Cheema hopped into the SUV and sold eight grams of cocaine to the trio after weighing it in digital scales he brought along.
Police caught the trio with cocaine packets in their possession and seized some more cociane from the Nigerian. According to Banjara Hills ACP Ravinder Reddy, 51 grams of the contraband was seized from the Nigerian and the trio.
This is the third cocaine arrest in the last two weeks by the city police. On August 16, the Banjara Hills police had arrested an Ugandan, Bunkode Adil, in possession of three grams of cocaine near City Centre Mall on Road Number 1, Banjara Hills.
On August 3, Task Force police nabbed Okechukwu of Nigeria near Jubilee Bus station and seized 210 grams of cocaine from his house at Sainikpuri.
On July 21, CCS police arrested Ugandan nationals, Patrick and Ayebare Donald and seized eight grams of cocaine from their possession.
Like all of them, Cheema also came to India in 2007 on a two–week visa and never went back, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), West Zone, M Stephen Ravindra said.
He said they would continue the crackdown on the drug peddlars. "We will keep a close watch on all possible places of drug abuse in the city and arrest not just the peddlers but also the end users," the DCP added.
Cases were booked against the four under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and they would be produced before court on Frida, Banjara Hills police said.