Manipal student arrested for attempting to sell MDMA drugs worth Rs 14.9 lakh1 min read
Manipal: On October 4, a student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) was arrested by the Udupi district police for possessing and attempting to sell banned contraband MDMA drugs worth Rs 14.9 lakh at Shimbra near Manipal.
The arrested has been identified as 20-year-old Himanshu Joshi hailing from Greater Noida, who is currently pursuing his final year of engineering at MIT.
Joshi was carrying and attempting to sell 498 tablets of MDMA, which were allegedly sourced through the dark web. He was caught on the Shimbra bridge at approximately 12:30 pm on October 4. Subsequently, an FIR was filed under the Manipal police station.
“The arrested person had gone to his native during the lockdown and had returned to Manipal recently, despite colleges staying shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will be kept under police custody till October 8. Further investigation is underway,” said Rajashekhar Vandali, Police Sub-Inspector (PSI).
“This is the first case in recent times, where a student peddler has been caught trying to sell synthetic drugs in the district. Arrests over possession and dealing of narcotics like marijuana (ganja) have happened before,” said N Vishnuvardhan, Udupi Superintendent of Police (SP), who led the police team that conducted the operation.
In addition to the MDMA pills, police have also seized a two-wheeler and a mobile phone from the arrested.
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