The Mumbai Crime Branch on Friday arrested one Bollywood’s assistant make-up artist for selling drugs within the film industry. Police also arrested his accomplice in the case.
The accused were identified as Niketan Jadhav (30) and Parvez Halai (30). Jadhav works as an assistant make-up artist.
Currently, police are investigating to whom the accused used to sell drugs in Bollywood and how the accused procured drugs.
The crime branch officials were also tracking drug peddlers.
On Thursday, in Borivali East, the crime branch officials found two suspects hiding something in their pockets.
Police approached both the suspects and took them to the crime branch.
Two witnesses were also called and searches were conducted.
During the searches, the officials found MD drugs from their pocket. They found two packets of Mephedrone (MD) drugs — one 105gm and other 52gm, worth Rs 3.15 lakh.
Both the accused were arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and taken to court for custody. According to police, both accused have a criminal background.
Several cases have been registered against the main accused in the case, Jadhav. He had cases related to burglary, bodily injuries, attempt to murder, forging documents against him at Kasturbha, Charkop, Borivali and Amboli police stations.
Jadhav was externed from Mumbai for a year.
After he was released from jail, Jadhav took up a job as a make-up artist in Bollywood. When he entered the Bollywood film industry, he had claimed that he worked for big production houses, international reality shows, veteran filmmakers.
He told police that while he was working in Bollywood, he came to know about drugs. He said he earned a large amount of money from selling them.
Police officials said that accused is running the business for the last three years now.