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NCB busts gang involved in selling weed brownies, 3 arrested

(This story was first published in the Times of India on June 14, 2021)


MUMBAI: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday raided a home bakery at Orlem, Malad, a
nd busted a gang involved in selling weed or marijuana brownies. Three persons, including a 20-year-old collegian and her 19-year-old boyfriend, have been arrested for making and selling the baked goodies containing
the banned narcotic substance in what appears to be the first such case in the city.

Sources in the NCB said they got a tip-off that weed pot cakes or brownies, said to be popular on the party circuit, were being baked and sold from a flat. “We busted the marijuana/pot cake-making bakery and seized 830 gm edible weed pot brownie and 160 gm marijuana and arrested three persons,” said a senior NCB officer.

While Elston alias Fernandes and his girlfriend, who is pursuing BBA, were arrested during the raid, the NCB on Sunday arrested alleged drug supplier Jagat Chaurasia from Bandra and recovered 125 gm marijuana from his possession. NCB sources said Fernandes and his girlfriend had been running the racket for the past one year.



“Chaurasia would supply the drugs and they would prepare the weed brownies or pot cakes at the bakery. The woman and her boyfriend also advertised the products on social media. The woman’s father owned the Malad flat. We have sealed the bakery, which was functioning from one of the rooms in the flat,” said the officer. The price of the pot cakes varied depending on the customer. Most of the buyers were college students, added the officer.

Officials stated the case points to a new trend among youngsters of consuming the drug by mixing and baking ‘brownie weed pot’ cakes. Investigators are now focusing on tracking down buyers.

“A cannabis edible or weed brownie is a food product that contains cannabis extract as an active ingredient. Cannabis edibles may have a more potent effect as compared to smoking it,” an officer said. Examples of cannabis-infused foods include baked goods, candy, potato chips, and more. “One may not be able to distinguish between regular baked goods and those containing cannabinoids, which tend to have a slightly green tinge and emit only a faint odour of cannabis,” he said.

The NCB team was led by zonal director Sameer Wankhede.

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