Techie turned ganja peddler arrested

Police recover 4.1 kg of contraband worth Rs 1.5 lakh
Last Updated 31 May 2015, 18:03 IST

A software engineer, who had quit his job and began selling ganja to become rich overnight, has been arrested by the police. 

The suspect was identified as Raja, alias Antharyami Sahu, a resident of Lake Road, 29th Main, BTM 2nd stage.

Raja, who hails from Odisha, completed BTech there and came to Bengaluru two years ago after he was hired by a private software firm, said the police.

The police recovered 4.1 kg ganja worth Rs 1.50 lakh and Rs 25,000 which he is said to have earned by selling ganja, added the police.

According to the police, Raja, the son of a Customs department employee in Odisha, was addicted to ganja since his college days. He would regularly buy  ganja from an elderly person who would grow ganja in a hill station there. Raja’s salary was Rs 25,000 and he found it meagre to meet his monthly expenses. Moreover, he had quickly realised that he would make money by selling ganja. Hence, he quit the job about a year ago and began selling the banned substance, said the police.

Raja contacted his old source who would supply him the banned substance and started procuring it from him. He established his network of customers, including college students and techies, and made some fast buck. He was staying at a rented house and operated from there. It became easy for him to operate from his house as the house owner was staying at Thyagarajnagar. Raja’s parents and the house owner were unaware about his activities. On a tip-off, the police raided his rented house, recovered ganja and arrested him, the police said.

He would pay Rs 10,000 to buy one kg ganja, but would earn a profit of Rs 25,000 per kg. He would make three categories depending upon quality and quantity and sell them, added the police.

Police said that he was produced before the court and was remanded in judicial custody

(Published 31 May 2015, 18:03 IST)

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