Bengaluru: The Bengaluru Police raided a lodge in Jayanagar and seized 11kg of cannabis from three people, who hail from Northeastern states.

According to the Tilak Nagar Police, the main accused Mandeep Rai, 40, from Darjeeling, was supplying cannabis (gaanja) to students and members of NE community staying in paying guest accommodations in the city.

Recently, on December 17, the accused had got over 1 kg of cannabis and kept in the lodge. He was planning to sell it to students and others during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

A senior police officer said, Tripura’s Mrunal Kanti Debnath, 33, and Prasanjit Datta, 23, were getting gaanja consignments from Manipur and then would later hand them over to Mandeep.

The police said that during night rounds on December 17, they came across a few NE residents who were creating a ruckus at a restaurant in Jayanagar 9th block. Few were taken to the Tilak Nagar police station.

During interrogation, it was found that, the boys were high on drugs. When probed further, the boys revealed that Mandeep used to supply ganja to them regularly.

"We reached his (Mandeep’s) PG in Ejipura. Around 1.2 kg of gaanja was in his possession. He was arrested. And based on the information from him, we raided a lodge at Jayanagar on December 20 and found Mrunal and Prasanjit trying to hide gaanja stuffed in a plastic bag. All the three have been arrested and the gaanja which was in their possession has been seized," a police officer said.

According to the sources, Mandeep purchases 1 kg of gaanja for Rs 15,000 and use to make small packets measuring 100 gm each and sell it for more than double the price. He made a profit of Rs 40,000 per kg.  As he had established a good network of buyers, he found like-minded youths from Tripura for the regular supply of gaanja.

"The 11 kg of gaanja was supposed to be distributed for partying during Christmas and New Year celebrations," said deputy commission of police, south east, Boralingaiah.