Hyderabad: Police Bust Ganja Milkshake Powder Racket

Ganja milkshake, a new form of cannabis consumption was disclosed by the police during a raid at Jayasri Traders
The police raided a local pooja items store Jayasri Traders on April 15 and discovered 4 kg of ganja powder and 160 packets of ganja chocolates (Representational image: Unsplash)
The police raided a local pooja items store Jayasri Traders on April 15 and discovered 4 kg of ganja powder and 160 packets of ganja chocolates (Representational image: Unsplash)

Police in Hyderabad busted a ganja milkshake powder racket and arrested the main accused along with his sons.

Ganja milkshake, a new form of cannabis consumption was disclosed by the police during a raid at Jayasri Traders and arrested the main accused Manoj Kumar, and his sons Murari Kumar Agarwal and Nitish Kumar Agarwal who hailed from West Bengal.

Manoj Agarwal and his two sons were selling ganja to consumers in Hyderabad through their store in Jagathgirigutta. The police raided a local pooja items store Jayasri Traders on April 15 and discovered 4 kg of ganja powder and 160 packets of ganja chocolates and arrested the accused.

These trio were inspired by the activities of a relative accused, who sold ganja-infused chocolates in West Bengal. The accused obtained the ganja, including milkshake powder hidden in kumkum packages. During the raid, the police discovered that the ganja powder was being sold for Rs. 2,500 per kg and ganja-infused chocolates were sold at Rs. 40 per piece.

The police raided a local pooja items store Jayasri Traders on April 15 and discovered 4 kg of ganja powder and 160 packets of ganja chocolates (Representational image: Unsplash)
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Generally, in the time of transportation and distribution of ganja, some parts of the substance get broken and form into a powder. It is known as “choora”, which is mostly sold at lower prices for smoking purposes. However, the accused trio teamed up with an Indore-based manufacturer to use the choora in making milkshake powder and sell it in sachets to the low-income segment. To probe the issue further the cops sought assistance from the Telangana State Anti-Narcotic Bureau (TS-NAB) to arrest the manufacturer in Indore.

Generally, in the time of transportation and distribution of ganja, some parts of the substance get broken and form into a powder. It is known as “choora”, which is mostly sold at lower prices for smoking purposes.
(Representational Image: Unsplash)
Generally, in the time of transportation and distribution of ganja, some parts of the substance get broken and form into a powder. It is known as “choora”, which is mostly sold at lower prices for smoking purposes. (Representational Image: Unsplash)

A senior police official said that this choora-based ganja milkshake powder is merely a beneficial source of income, as the powder did not have a high concentration of THC, the psychoactive component of ganja, so the powder would barely give any high to the consumer.

The senior police officer explained that a cannabis plant grows about 5-7 feet tall and most of the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychoactive constituent of ganja, is mostly concentrated at one foot of its length from the top. The officer also added that while the buds, present at the top, are sold at high prices, the rest of the plant, from which the powder is generally formed or derived, hardly contains any THC, rendering the high experienced by consumers as relatively mild.

The police raided a local pooja items store Jayasri Traders on April 15 and discovered 4 kg of ganja powder and 160 packets of ganja chocolates (Representational image: Unsplash)
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The officer said that it has to be understood by the consumers that the sale of choora is a money-making trick and does not provide any real cloud-nine feelings. He also urged people to stay away from consuming ganja.

(Input from various sources)

(Rehash/Lavanya Beeraboina/MSM)

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