Mangaluru: The Mangaluru city crime branch and economic offence and narcotic drugs branch, in a joint operation, on Sunday, arrested eight students for selling and consuming marijuana. The Mangaluru Police have identified the accused students as Jaffer (22), Nimil (21), Akshay Prasad (22), Ashwin (21), Amit (21), Akash (22), Akshay (22) and Mohammed Ameer (22).

According to reports, seven among the eight were engineering students, and the other was a student of physiotherapy. The accused students hailed from Kerala and had come to Mangaluru for their studies.

The police officials received information through their sources, which stated that the students were consuming and selling marijuana to other college students and the public in an open ground near Morgans Gate.

According to police reports, the students would purchase marijuana from Kerala and sell them in Mangaluru to make extra profit.

The police also seized 500 gram of marijuana, eight cell phones and two motorcycles from the students. It is estimated that the price of marijuana they had was about Rs 12,000.

Similarly, a 20-year-old was arrested by the Mangaluru Police for reportedly trying to sell marijuana near Bendorewell Junction in the city on January 10. The boy was identified as Mohammed Manish (20), a resident of Valencia and recovered 280-gram of marijuana from his possession.