Ganja startup? Former banker grows cannabis in his Hyderabad flat

Forget farmers of Vikarabad district, 90km from Hyderabad, who clandestinely grow ganja amid a sprawl of paddy to feed the Mumbai drug circuit, here’s a peddler in the heart of the capital, who harvests the crop in his two-bedroom flat to give addicts their high. And he does it with scientific precision under controlled temperatures to allow cannabis to flower from seed with video tips from an American friend.

The ingenious weed peddler, Syed Shahed Hussain, 33, is a former bank employee and operates from a flat at Friends Colony in Manikonda. His luck ran out when Special Task Force personnel raided the apartment and seized plants, but were awe-struck with facilities, including humidifiers and LED lights to provide the right ambience. Shahed was caught in the act while selling ganja to customers at Golconda on Sunday night.

Shahed has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has been staying at a rented flat at YK Residency in Friends Colony, Manikonda, for the past three months. He lives with his family in the flat. Acting on a specific tip-off, the Task Force team kept vigil at Jeeshan Cafe near Banjari Darwaza on Aljapur Road of Golconda on Sunday evening and caught 33-year-old weed peddler, Syed Shahed Hussain selling the drug.

When police raided his flat, they found 40 ganja plants neatly placed in flower pots in two rooms. “Shahed installed ACs in both rooms to maintain a conducive temperature. He also kept LED lights above the plants to maintain natural light-like situation and kept table fans in swing mode to give them sufficient air,” said Task Force additional deputy commissioner of police (DCP) N Koti Reddy .

Shahed, who was addicted to ganja since his teens, began peddling drug for past few years. Police found that he would purchase ganja from suppliers in Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and Tandur areas for `3,500 a kilo and sell it to customers in Hyderabad for `16,000 a kilo.