The director of the firm Animalia was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in connection with the inquiry of Om Lombard investigation.
The investigation by the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (ADSU) on the import of bird’s food suspected to contain seeds of cannabis has been fruitful. The team of the assistant superintendent of police (ACP), Choolun Bhojoo conducted the arrest of Del Ghurburrun on Tuesday afternoon suspected of importing products containing cannabis seeds.
The former vice president of the defunct Mauritius Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was questioned at length on Tuesday night on the food produced by the Belgian firm, Versele-Laga, that was sold to the French model, Om Lombard. After a night in the cell, he will be provisionally charged with drug trafficking, on Wednesday morning.
Just like Om Lombard who was arrested last month, Del Ghurburrun said that he had done nothing illegal. He explained that these products do not contain seeds of cannabis but hemp. They are known for their low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive substance contained in the Indian hemp that is known as cannabis and the ADSU of Mauritius call these as Cannabis Sativa L or Cannabis Indica.
No substances with the psychotropic effects
The investigation began after a team, led by Sergeant Krishen Chowdharry, from the Metropolitan Division seized products of brand Versele-Laga suspected of containing seeds of cannabis, in a pet shop run by Sadasiven Mooneyan. The young man has later testified that he bought the stock from Om Lombard’s pet shop. Om Lombard was arrested a few days later after the team from Metropolitan Division conducted a search at his house in Goodlands and pet shop found in Grand Bay.
The two suspects were released under condition last week and their lawyers Rama Valayden and Gavin Glover want to prove the difference between cannabis and agricultural or industrial hemp. The lawyers have the documents from the Versele-Laga company in hand that says the products contain no substances with the psychoactive effects.
On the other hand, the Forensic Science Laboratory has produced a preliminary report on the goods seized from Sadasiven Mooneyan and Om Lombard. Nothing says if these tests were positive for Cannabis Sativa L or Cannabis indica, or hemp seed. It is still unknown how the products were allowed in Mauritius if they contain illegal substances.
On Tuesday, searches conducted at the residence of Del Ghurburrun and branches of Animalia yielded nothing. No food for birds of Versele-Laga brand were found. Upon the arrest of Om Lombard, he manifested as being the importer of these products.