A 35-year-old neurologist has been arrested by the Hyderabad Police for allegedly making and selling chocolates laced with marijuana on social media for the last two years, officials said on Monday.
A special operations team of Rachakonda Police arrested Mohd Sujath Ali Khan from Bahadoorpura area in the Old City after raiding his house on January 27.
“He was making chocolates mixed with marijuana and selling them to his customers online through his Instagram account,” special operations team inspector K Narsing Rao told Hindustan Times.
“Since he would be easily caught if he sold chocolates in the open market, Sujath Ali opened pages on Instagram in the name of Weedibles.hyd and Weedibles.India and started marketing them. Within no time, several clients came in contact with him over the phone,” Rao said.
Khan completed his MBBS degree from the Deccan Medical College, run by the Dar-us-Salam Educational Trust headed by Hyderabad MP and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, with specialization in neurology.
After completing his degree, he worked in government-run Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences as a research coordinator till 2014. He later started working as a consultant in local gyms and came in contact with youth who were addicted to drugs.
Police said Khan then hit upon the idea of making quick bucks by peddling drugs and that he learnt to make the chocolates after watching videos. He used to procure marijuana from peddlers, converted it into a fine powder and mixed it with chocolate powder to make the toffees.
The colorfully-packed chocolates attracted the net-savvy youth and within no time, he was flooded with calls. He ran a brisk business of supplying chocolates to customers from various parts of the country.
“Depending on the concentration of marijuana, he named his chocolates as X, XX, XXX, 4X, 5X, 6X. The price ranged from Rs 500 to Rs 1,800 per box of 10 chocolates, depending on whether it was X or 6 X. The customers, mostly youth, including women, used to contact him from not only Hyderabad but also from Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune and Vellore,” the inspector said.
“On an average, he used to make Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000 a month through online sales. The supply of stocks was through the parcels and couriers and payments were made through online banking,” the inspector said.