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Man held for bid to sneak ketamine to U.K.

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Bangalore: Customs officials arrested a Chennai man at Sampangiramanagar here on Monday evening and seized from his possession 2.8 kg ketamine hydrochloride worth Rs. 10 lakh in the international market.

The officials said Ayub Sheriff (35) was trying to smuggle out the drug, a veterinary anaesthetic misused as a party drug, to the U.K. through a courier service.

Sheriff had concealed the drug in specially made cavities in a bag and had booked it to be sent to a London address. “We were on the lookout for such a consignment after the city witnessed a surge in drug smuggling cases. We had laid a trap to nab him in November, but could not ensnare him. This time, we were tipped off and he was arrested,” a Customs official told The Hindu.

The Customs were tipped off when Sheriff gave a fictitious address at his end to the courier centre. During interrogation, he reportedly confessed he had tried to send the contraband to London for a monetary consideration.

Moneylender held

The Fraud and Misappropriation Squad of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police arrested a real estate agent-turned-moneylender here on Monday on the charges of lending money at extortionate rates of interest and intimidating borrowers.

The officials confiscated about 100 documents, including blank cheques, promissory notes and blank papers bearing borrowers' signatures, from Bhojaraj (40), a Hebbal resident.

“We had received several complaints against him over the last two months,” the CCB police said.

Bhojaraj had lent several lakh of rupees to several people across the city in return for blank cheques and blank sheets with their signatures.

The arrested was charging 15 to 20 per cent interest per month. He had been remanded in judicial custody, a CCB officer said.

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