Actor Arjun Rampal’s Mumbai residence ‘Capri Heights’ was raided by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday (November 9) in connection with the Bollywood drug probe being carried out by the agency. This is in connection with the drug probe started by the NCB after the suicide of Actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Acting on specific information, the NCB officials carried out searches at Arjun Rampal’s residence in Bandra and two other places in Khar and Andheri. A driver working for Rampal has been detained by NCB and brought to the office where he was being questioned by Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede and his team. In the same building where actor Sushant Singh Rajput used to live before he moved to the house where he was found dead. Last month, Agisialos Demetriades, brother of Arjun Rampal’s girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades, was arrested by the NCB in another drug case. The NCB had also seized a small quantity of Hashish and Alprazolam tablets, which are both banned narcotic drugs, from him. Agisialos was in touch with Omega Godwin, a Nigerian national arrested for supply of cocaine in Mumbai. Agisialos was arrested after he was named by Omega Godwin in front of NCB officials. Ex-Dharma Productions employee Kshitij Prasad was also arrested by the NCB in the same case. The development of Agisialos’ arrest was confirmed by NCB Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede. He had said that Demetriades’s name came to light after interrogation of earlier arrested persons.
On Saturday, the NCB conducted a raid at filmmaker Firoz Nadiadwala’s house and the investigating agency had confirmed recovering drugs too. They conducted a major strike in Western Mumbai and Navi Mumbai where they recovered ganja in commercial quantity, Mephedrone and other different drugs. NCB also intercepted five peddlers and based on that conducted and recovered some drugs from his house which was supposed to be part of the same seizure. This is a follow-up operation in connection with a case wherein a total of 717.1 gram of ganja, 74.1 gm charas and 95.1 gm MD (commercial quantity) were seized, along with Rs 3,58,610 cash, and four people were arrested. Under its ongoing probe, the NCB also questioned big celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Rakul Preet Singh, Sara Ali Khan, and Shraddha Kapoor. The NCB said it wants to unearth the bigger drug nexus operating in the film industry by exposing links between celebrities and drug suppliers.