The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested the brother of actor Arjun Rampal's girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades, Agisilaos Demetriades, 30, on Sunday, in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput case. He is South African and the first foreigner to be arrested in the case.
The NCB has alleged that Demetriades is part of the drug syndicate and has been in touch with the other accused arrested in the case.
On the basis of information, a room at a resort in Lonavla was searched, where Demetriades was staying with his fiance, and 0.8 grams of small, round, black sticky substance, purportedly charas, was found.
On Saturday, the agency had searched the Khar residence of the accused, where 1 strip of Alprazolam tablets was recovered. "He is a businessman and has been dealing in drugs," said a senior NCB officer.
The agency summoned Demetriades and his statement was recorded, wherein he said that he consumed cannabis leaves sometimes and the same was supplied by a rickshaw driver, whom the agency believes to be Sandeep Gupta, already arrested in the case, the NCB told the court during Demetriades's remand hearing.
This was also confirmed from the call records. The agency has also found he was contacting Anuj Keswani and Dwayne, who have also been arrested in the case. Demetriades has also identified accused Kaizan from a photograph, as a peddler who had offered him hashish and 'ice' several times. Demetriades was arrested on the basis of his statement for his alleged dealings in illicit drugs.
The agency told a court that electronic evidence revealed that he was dealing in a variety of drugs which needed detailed investigation. "It is clear that Demetriades purchased contraband from accused Kaizan Ibrahim, Sandeep Gupta and hence he is part of the conspiracy for drug procurement," the agency told the court. The agency has also found links with Dipesh Sawant and Samuel Miranda, who are linked with accused Showik Chakraborty, Rhea Chakraborty and the late Rajput, the agency told court. "It is necessary to interrogate Deepak, to whom he was delivering contraband in Bollywood," the agency told court. The NCB has been probing one of the most talked-about cases of the year linked to the death of Rajput.
NCB Mumbai's Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede and his team have made multiple arrests in the case till now, including those of alleged drug peddlers. Actress Rhea Chakbraborty and her brother Showik were arrested in the case and Rhea is currently out on bail.
The teams headed by Wankhede and the NCB deputy director KPS Malhotra have been focusing on unearthing drug traffickers in the city who have been supplying banned substances to many high-profile clients.