Goa’s drug scene has evolved from the 70s-80s, when natural drugs like hashish and grass were the toast of the times, along with the occasional acid trips during beachside raves.
The turf has changed now and turned complex. According to EDUARDO FALEIRO, a former union minister of state for External Affairs,THE BUSINESS OF NARCOTICS IS MORE CORPORATE AND OFTEN CONTROLLED BY FOREIGNERS, WHO CONTROL AREAS and often prefer to cater to fixed nationalities “I was informed that due to turf wars to control the drug trade, drug dealers of different nationalities settle in different villages. Presently the Israelis control the drug trade in Vagator, Morjim is controlled by the Russians and Calangute and Candolim by the Nigerians,” claims Faleiro.
But if there was ever a tell-tale sign which, busted the lid of one of Goa’s worst kept narcotics trade secret — the police-politician-drug mafia nexus — it was the three videos uploaded on YouTube by a Swedish model Lucky Mangarda. In 2010 she posted short films of her Israeli drug dealer boyfriend Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, smoking a modified bong (a plastic bottle modified like a hukkah used to smoke grass and hash) and boasting about his links to cops and a politician. Video Below
UPLOADED ON Apr 20, 2008 YOU-TUBE VIDEO BY ATALAS EX GIRLFRIEND LUCKY FARMHOUSE EXPOSING ATALA GOA POLICE /POLITICIANS LINK
SEPT 2008 DUDU PUBLICLY REVEALS NAMES OF 250 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN DRUG TRADE IN GOA
Panaji: David Driham aka Dudu, picked up by the Mumbai cops on September 20 from Anjuna, has revealed that there are more than 250 people dealing in narcotics in the state. During interrogations, Dudu revealed that there is a gang of about 250 people dealing in drugs and all of them are operating from Goa. However, he has not revealed from where and how the narcotic drugs come to Goa,” said investigating officer PI Anil Jadhav from the Mumbai police’s anti-narcotic cell. Dudu has been living in Goa for a few years. According to documents submitted by him before the Adhoc Additional District judge, Panaji in a civil suit filed by him against the state government for serving him a deportation order in 2006, Dudu said that he had come to Goa for the first time in November 2003 and set up a company — Dudu Division Import Export Private Limited — along with his Israeli wife Ronit Harel and Goan partner Sagar Adelkar in 2004. http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOI&BaseHref=TOIGO/2008/09/30&PageLabel=5&EntityId=Ar00501&ViewMode=HTML&GZ=T
MARCH 2010 5 POLICEMAN SUSPENDED
PANAJI: Embarrassed by claims of two Israeli drug dealers that they survived in Goa thanks to their nexus with cops, Goa police on Friday suspended a police inspector and four constables and ordered an inquiry against them.The suspended cops are former Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) PI Ashish Shirodkar, head constable Sasesh Pokle, constables Sheikh Hussain, Sanjay Parab and Sandeep Parab alias Kamin. Chief minister Digambar Kamat said that following preliminary evidence and statements that said police staff were associated with drug peddlers an inquiry will be conducted. “They were earlier with the ANC and the inquiry will be conducted by the crime branch,” Kamat said.
The crime branch will determine whether the cops have links with the drug mafia in Goa and are involved in the drug trade in the state. Of the five cops, four had earlier worked in the ANC. The decision was taken by the police brass following media pressure after Israeli drug dealer David Drihan alias Dudu, 34, alleged a nexus between cops and the drug mafia in Goa. Another alleged drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala then claimed on camera that he managed to sell drugs in the coastal belt by paying off ANC personnel. He named some of the suspended officers.
APRIL 2010 NARCOTICS CONTROL BUREAU IDENTIFIES 7 MAIN DRUG DEALERS OPERATING IN GOA
According to an article in Herald Goas leading English language paper in April 2010 the Narcotics Control Bureau , had specifically identified the seven aforementioned foreigners as the main drug traffickers operating in Goa from the 25 on its list, who have been unlawfully staying in India and were involved in various nefarious activities. This list submitted to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, comprises mainly Israelis and Nigerians wanted for various criminal offences including drug peddling.
SEVEN LEADING DRUG DEALERS OPERATING FROM GOA
DAVID DRIHAN ALIAS DUDU (ISRAELI)
YANIVE BENAIM ALIAS ATALA( ISRAELI)
HAGAY BEN DAVID ALIAS AGAI(ISRAELI)
CHARLES WUZOR (NIGERIAN) Judgement in Wuzors trial
PAPAI JOHN (NIGERIAN)
ABRAHAM ULOFEMI (NIGERIAN)
TIMIR MAMEDOV (RUSSIAN)
The police have been picking up only petty drug dealers and persons consuming drugs, to show enough cases registered and arrests made under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. While effecting arrest of petty drug consumers, the police have been complacent, or rather deliberately avoided in taking action against the big-time drug peddlers operating in the state
The arrest of Dudu (who was mostly involved in prescription drug peddling) and Atala (who was dealing in narcotics), however appears to be an outcome of business rivalry between the Israelis and the Russian drug-lords.
AUGUST 2011 ATALA WHO HAD ESCAPED AFTER GETTING BAIL REARRESTED IN PERU
PANAJI: Israeli drug lord Yaniv Benaim alias Atala was taken into custody in Peru by the visiting CBI team and is being brought to Goa in the next couple of days. Atala, an important link in the policemen-drug peddler nexus case reported in Goa, had jumped bail in the state in August last year and was re-arrested in Peru in January 2011. A look out circular issued against him by the Interpol helped in nabbing him.Atala hed fled to Israel after getting bail then flew to Peru for more drug activity
JUNE 2011 CASE OF POLICE DRUG LORD LINKS REGISTERED
PANAJI: The central bureau of investigation’s (CBI) anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Wednesday registered Goa’s infamous police drug nexus case and Dudu case as per the directions of the high court of Bombay at Goa. The PSI Sunil Gudlar case, however, is yet to be registered on technical ground. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-23/goa/29694251_1_sunil-kawathankar-psi-sunil-gudlar-drug-nexus
MAY 2012 POLICE TEAM WHICH ARRESTED DUDU IS ARRESTED
PANAJI: The entire police team which allegedly planted drugs on David Driham alias Dudu, an Israeli national, in a drugs case were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday.CBI which is probing the Goa’s police-politician-drug mafia nexus arrested five constables of the Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Goa police in the case as part of its investigations. The arrested constables are Mahadev Naik, Mahableshwar Sawant, Sameer Varkhandkar, Eaurmia Guraye and Nagesh Parsekar,” ANC officials said. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-31/goa/31920013_1_dudu-mafia-nexus-psi-sunil-gudlar
Dec 23, 2012, CBI SAYS EX HOME MINISTER RAVI NAIKS SON ROY NAIK USED TO FREQUENT ATALAS HOME
The CBI has confirmed that Lucky Farmhouse, the former girlfriend of alleged Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, has stated that Roy Naik had been frequenting Atala, the main accused in the police-drug mafia nexus case. CBI SP Prem Kumar told STOI, “We have received the English translation of Lucky’s statement and Roy Naik’s name is in the statement.” A model by profession, Farmhouse used a spycam to expose her former boyfriend’s links with Goa police personnel. The recordings were uploaded on a video-sharing site and led to the arrest of Atala and six policemen of the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) in March 2010.
HAGAI BEN DAVID ALIAS AGAI
THE MEN: Israeli drug lord Agai and his middleman Amir. (there are other smaller kingpins) THE METHODS: Lock kiya Jaye: The suitcases used to transport drugs through carriers are bought from a shop in Panjim by an employee of that very shop for about Rs 6000 and delivered it to a former Sarpanch of Anjuna, who stays near Starco. He puts carbonized compartments in the suitcase and sells it to another at MonkeyValley for Rs 25,000. This person neatly packs the suitcase for Israeli drug middleman Amir who hands it over to the carriers most often unsuspecting minors. It is very difficult to get an image of the goods stored in a carbonized compartment in an X-ray, until there is some error. Cocaine is cool and so are we : Amir’s methods: He befriends minor kids and introduces them to cocaine. He then gives them food, shelter and money. Once they are hooked to the drug, he forces them to carry the drug consignments to its foreign destination.
The arrest of Italian national, a minor girl, at the Dabolim airport by the custom officials have brought to fore the so far unexposed racket of the drug mafia who use unsuspecting minor kids to serve as drug couriers or “mules” abroad. The girl was caught at the airport on March 14 at 7 am with 3560 “ecstasy” tablets and 760 gram of MDMA worth Rs 55 lakh in the Indian market and Rs 60 crore in the international market. She was to board an Indian Airlines flight to Mumbai for Auckland via Singapore. Superintendent of customs GD Lotlikar had said that as she went through customs, when her black bag was detected containing ecstasy tablets and MDMA hidden in a secret compartment by the X-ray machine. She has been charged under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and Customs Act and is at the moment relinquishing at Apna Ghar, Merces.
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