In what can be yet another embarrassment to the Goa Police, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad has found the sample taken from David Driham alias Dudu sent to it to be negative for ‘ecstasy’ tablets.
It may be recalled that police had claimed to have caught Dudu red-handed with a cocktail of narcotics worth Rs 3.81 lakh near his house at Anjuna in February this year and claimed to have seized 144 ecstasy tablets worth around Rs 1.10 lakh.
However, the forensic report stating that the sample has tested negative for ecstasy would severely dent the Anti-Narcotics Cell’s charge sheet filed before the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Court recently.
While the report for charas came positive from a laboratory in Goa, the reports for other substances were awaited. Besides the ecstasy tablets, police had claimed to have seized heroin powder weighing five gms worth Rs 15,000, 6.5 gms cocaine worth Rs 30,000, 7.30 gms liquid LSD worth Rs 1.10 lakh and 1.165 gms charas worth around Rs 1.15 lakh.