Bengaluru: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Bengaluru on Thursday, November 12, arrested three men from Kerala for allegedly smuggling hash oil from Andhra Pradesh into the city.

At least 3 kg of hash oil worth over Rs 25 lakh was seized after the NCB seized a vehicle from Kerala, in which the accused were travelling, near Devanahalli tollgate in North Bengaluru.

According to the NCB officials, the hash oil was packed in brown colour packets and hidden below the driver’s seat. The accused arrested were identified as Ranjith RS, Ananth PD and Sarang KK.

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During interrogation, the three reportedly confessed that the drugs were sourced from their contacts in Visakhapatnam for sale in Bengaluru and Kerala.

“We found that the accused was also smuggling drugs to Middle East destinations, Maldives, and Sri Lanka,” said Amit Ghawate, zonal director, NCB.

“Hash oil is extracted from the steam of ganja plants and has an intoxicating effect for a prolonged period. It is commonly used by celebrities in rave parties for addiction purposes. It is a narcotic drug and is banned under the NDPS Act,” Amit added.

The three accused have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.