Kozhikode: In one of the biggest drug hunts in the Malabar region in recent times, the excise squad and Intelligence Bureau seized 260.537 gm of Methylene Dioxy Methamphetamine (MDMA), a synthetic drug, from a person at Vellalassery, near NIT here on Saturday. The accused is Malayil Sharafudheen (34) from Kunnamangalam.
Sharafudheen, said to be a wholesale dealer of MDMA, used to sell the drug on NIT premises, said excise officials. He was caught with MDMA in his possession while heading to his house in his car. It is learnt that he is one of the main drug dealers in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.
The excise department launched a special drive under different squads in the district to prevent drug dealings ahead of New Year- X'mas celebrations. Sharafudheen was held with the drug in a joint drive under a squad led by the north regional excise commissioner, excise special squad and the IB.