The death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput has shed light on the usage of drugs by members of the film industry, especially in Bollywood.

But, it looks like the usage of drugs is not restricted to Bollywood alone. In some shocking development, a few prominent actors and musicians of the Kannada film industry also known as Sandalwood are under the scanner of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) after the agency recently busted a drug trafficking racket in the state’s capital city Bengaluru.

NCB said its officials seized 145 ecstasy or MDMA pills and cash of over Rs 2.20 lakh from Royal Suits hotel apartment in Bengaluru’s Kalyan Nagar on August 21.

“In follow up action, the team seized 96 pills of MDMA and 180 LSD blots at Nikoo homes in Bengaluru. Later, a lady drug supplier who had been the main kingpin of the case was intercepted and 270 pills of MDMA were recovered from her house at Dodagubbi, Bengaluru,” KPS Malhotra, Deputy Director (Operations) of Narcotics Control Bureau, said in a statement.

NCB in its statement said that during the raids three people were arrested. The arrested have been identified as Anikha D, a former television actor and her two associates- M Anoop and R Ravindran.

KPS Malhotra also added that investigation revealed that the accused was also supplying drugs to affluent sections of society, including prominent musicians and actors as well as to college students and youngsters. He added that more persons are likely to be apprehended in this connection by the NCB Bengaluru unit.

MDMA- methylenedioxy-methamphetamine which is commonly known as ‘ecstasy’, is a mood altering drug and its perception is chemically similar to stimulants and hallucinogens. Officials say that each ecstasy pill costs between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500 in the domestic market.

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