Ex-NASA Scientist And His Businessman Aide Arrested In Hyderabad For Drug Peddling

3:07 pm 14 Jul, 2017


A scientist left his laboratory to enter the dark world of narcotics and drug peddling. No, we are not talking about Heisenberg from ‘Breaking Bad’ but a real-life Heisenberg from Hyderabad. The city has been in the news for quite some time for busting drug rackets and the new addition to the arrested offenders are a scientist and his businessman aide.

Anish Dundoo, 29, has been arrested by the Prohibition and Excise Department along with his accomplice, Ritul Agarwal, 26. The Special Task Force (STF) of the excise department figured out about the duo’s involvement in drug peddling after checking call and mobile phone data of at least 10 peddlers arrested in the past.

The Hyderabad Police talk to reporters regarding the arrest of Anish Dundoo and Ritul Agarwal on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.IB Times


Anish and Ritul were found with 16 blots of LSD and 1.2 kg of cannabis, respectively. STF personnel picked up Anish from his office while Ritul was arrested from Nampally on the basis of information provided by the former.

On further investigation, it was found out that these offenders are mind-bogglingly educated. Anish Dundoo is an alumnus of Doon Public School, Dehradun, who later pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, US. He went to work with NASA for a year before settling down in Hyderabad to start his own business.

The Deccan Chronicles quoted officials as saying,

Anish, an American passport holder, had studied at Doon School, Dehradun and was earlier with NASA. Over the last few months, he procured drugs including cocaine, LSD, and MDMA through the “Dark Web” from a site called Lunacy, eight times. We nabbed Anish based on credible information.

Since 2017, Anish has been purchasing several kinds of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances from the Dark Web through Bitcoins, a cryptocurrency. Interestingly, Anish’s business venture also dealt with Bitcoins. The drugs were received through courier with Netherlands postage markings.

At least 10 arrests were done before the “breaking bad” duo got picked up. According to the officials, most of the people are well-educated and working in the film industry, MNCs, hospitality, etc.