The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday arrested Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and seven others in connection with the seizure of banned drugs onboard a Goa-bound Cordelia cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.
Besides Aryan, those arrested are Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker, Gomit Chopra and Arbaz Merchant.
All have been booked under Section 27 (consumption of narcotic drug or psychotropic substance), Section 8C (produce, manufacture, possess, sell or purchase of drugs) and other provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
As per the NCB’s arrest memo, 13 gm of cocaine, 5 gm of MD, 21 gm of charas and 22 pills of ecstasy and Rs 1.33 lakh were seized after the raid.
Aryan Khan, Arbaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were produced before a court today, which granted one-day NCB custody of the accused. The remaining five were arrested later in the day and would be produced before the court on Monday.
Bureau officials said following a tip-off, an NCB team led by its zonal director Sameer Wankhede raided the cruise ship late on Saturday evening and recovered drugs from some of the passengers.
NCB Director General SN Pradhan said the operation was the result of a two-week “painstaking investigation” and added that it could take a couple of days or week’s time to crack the case as it could possibly be linked to other cartels.