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CBI cracks down on drug trafficking

Drug trafficking networks with international linkages require law enforcement cooperation across international jurisdictions.

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted a multi-phase operation to dismantle drug networks with global linkages through the rapid exchange of intelligence on drug trafficking and coordinated law enforcement actions through Interpol.

The global operation was initiated in close coordination with Interpol and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to combat the smuggling of illicit drugs and psychotropic substances, with a special focus on the Indian Ocean Region, a CBI statement said on Thursday.

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Drug trafficking networks with international linkages require law enforcement cooperation across international jurisdictions.

CBI’s Operation Garuda seeks to target drug networks with international footprints for action against handlers, operatives, production zones, and support elements.

The CBI and NCB have been closely coordinating with all states and union territories’ police for information exchange, analysis, and development of operational information, it stated.

During the operation, seizures and arrests were carried out across multiple states in India. Around 6,600 suspects were checked, 127 cases were registered and 175 persons including six absconders were arrested.

Illicit drugs and psychotropic substances including 5.125 kg of heroin, 33.936 kg of ganja, 3.29 kg of charas, 1,365 gm of mephedrone, 87 tablets, 122 injections and 87 syringes of buprenorphine, and 946 tablets alpazolam were recovered.

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