While the remand application submitted to the court did not mention their connection with the drug-related allegations in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, an NCB official said their supplier was connected to some people in Bollywood.
Both were released on bail by the court, though when first produced before the holiday court they were sent to judicial custody.
Advocate Zehra Charania and advocate Gorakh Liman, who appeared for the two accused, said their clients were innocent. Those arrested were Abbas Ramzan Ali Lakhani (21), a resident of Pali Naka in Bandra, and Karn Arora (21), a student.
The two came under the scanner when the NCB team was scrutinising the peddlers under watch for frequenting celebrity parties, said a source. The NCB team laid a trap and arrested Lakhani and found him in possession of 46 grams of marijuna, locally known as ganja. “During questioning Lakhani told us that he had purchased it from Karn Arora. Based on his mobile tower location, Arora was arrested by the officials, who recovered another 13 grams of ganja from him,” an official said.
The NCB said they were believed to be involved in providing improvised and high-cost versions of cannabis buds like banana skittles, watermelon gelato, jungle boys and wifi cake, but such a mention was absent from the remand application.
During interrogation, one of them said to the NCB that to buy the stuff he had entered the supply chain and soon became a part of it. The other youth who was arrested along with him was a peddler who sourced drugs and sold it to various users.
NCB seized the mobile phones of the two youths. The two youths admitted to be in touch with a few film personalities.
“The modus operandi of procurement is that the main peddlers import these contrabands from foreign countries through darknet or through other available sources and the same comes in concealed packages through courier and international post,” deputy director, NCB, KPS Malhotra said.