The Central Crime Bureau (CCB) has arrested an alleged drug peddler, 31-year-old engineering graduate Pratheek Shetty, in connection with the Sandalwood-drug mafia case.
Speaking to the media, Joint Commissioner (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, “The CCB arrested drug peddler Pratheek Shetty in the early hours of Friday.”
Shetty, originally from Mangaluru, is a trained software engineer who took drugs during his college days. Once he came to Bengaluru and was employed in an IT firm, his addiction led him to becoming a peddler. “Due to his addiction, Shetty lost his job and now is a full-time drug procurer and supplier of drugs to high-end parties,” a police official said.
Shetty was working with a software company in 2018. He was earlier caught by the CCB in November 2018, and 1.5 kg of cocaine, and 1,930 Ecstasy tablets worth Rs 1.52 crore, a car, a two-wheeler and cash were seized.
Shetty allegedly has a good rapport with drug suppliers operating from Africa.