A doctor, working as a fitness consultant with a local gymnasium in Hyderabad, was arrested for allegedly selling marijuana (ganja) laced chocolates on Instagram.

Sleuths of the Special Operation Team of Rachakonda Commissionerate, apprehended 35-year-old Mohd Sujath Ali Khan on Saturday and seized 45 ganja-laced chocolates, two packets of chocolate, 50 empty cups, ghee packets, a mobile phone, a laptop, a bike and some cash.

The accused had completed his MBBS in 2006. After completion of his degree he worked in a state-run NIMS as a research coordinator till 2014. He left the job and started working as a fitness consultant advising people on food nutrition, said the release.

The accused was reportedly facing a lot of financial problems and during this period he got an idea of making weedibles. Thus he procured marijuana (ganja) from peddlers and allegedly made chocolates using the same. Khan had opened a page on Instagram in the name of Weedibles.hyd and Weedibles.India for selling these weedibles and the clients used to contact him over phone.

“Premium handcrafted Nutella/chocolate based edibles infused with purified concentrated extracts; custom made to individual requirement..” the ads on Instagram said.

He allegedly supplied it to his followers and customers on the site and got them addicted to ganja mixed chocolates, said the release. His followers from different states started placing orders for the chocolates and he started sending them through courier.

Khan branded the products as X, XX, XXX, 4X, 5X and 6X depending on the effect and priced them in a range of Rs 500 to Rs 1800, police said.

After eating the chocolate, a person slipped in a state of drowsiness for about 6 to 8 hours, police said, adding customers, most of them youth, got addicted to these chocolate. Police nabbed him while he was supplying ganja laced chocolate to customers under Pahadishareef Police station limits.