Hyderabad: The Rachakonda police on Saturday arrested a doctor who was running a drug racket, lacing chocolates with ganja and selling them to his customers across India.
The police seized 45 ganja-laced chocolates, besides a packed box, two packets of chocolate, 50 empty cups, ghee packets, a mobile phone, a laptop, a bike and some cash from the doctor who lives in Bahadurpura area.
The accused, identified as Mohammed Sujath Ali Khan, had an Instagram account with 1,800 followers where he advertised his 'stuff'.
The police also stated that he had over 3,000 customers across the country who would buy 'X' chocolates from him on a regular basis.
The menu of available chocolates had a variety. Starting from ‘X’, to '6X', the prices ranged from Rs500 per piece of chocolate to Rs1,800 per piece. 'X' referred to potency of the drug.
According to the Special Operations Team (SOT) that arrested Khan, he completed his MBBS from Deccan Medical College in 2006, following which he also worked as a nutritionist at a local gymnasium.
However, he did not make enough money with the job, which is when he came across YouTube videos detailing how to bake cakes and chocolate with marijuana.
"After learning how to make such cakes and chocolates, he experimented on himself. After that, he created an Instagram account 'weedibles.hyderabad'. From here, he could connect with his customers and clients. He would then give his cell phone number to his prospective clients. After that, he would explain the effects of consuming these chocolates. After he received the payment, he would then send them to his customers, through courier," SOT inspector K Narsing Rao said.
Khan was reported to have procured the marijuana from peddlers in the Dhoolpet area and bought chocolates and other ingredients from general stores.
The Instagram page has since been removed and the accused is being produced before a magistrate on Sunday.
It may be recalled that the Hyderabad police busted a 33-year-old cultivating over 40 potted plants of ganja at his flat in Manikonda a month ago.
Over 40 potted plants kept under ultraviolet LED lights, in one of the rooms at his flats and 8.6 kg of weed were seized from him.