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NCB busts three drug syndicates, 6 held

Difficult terrain and inaccessibility make this area difficult for the law enforcement agencies to conduct periodic destruction of illicit grown Ganja.

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Hyderabad: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has busted three-drug syndicates during the operations conducted across various southern states in the country for about 10 days in the current month.

Six persons were arrested in this connection.

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During the three operations conducted at Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, NCB seized 244 gm amphetamine, 25 stamps of LSD, 2 gm methaqualone, 44 gm methamphetamine and 212.5 kg of ganja besides two vehicles, NCB Zonal Director (Chennai Zone) Amit Ghawate said in a release on Sunday.

On Saturday, based on specific inputs, officers of the Chennai Zonal Unit intercepted Ashok Leyland Dost vehicle at Pallikonda Toll plaza on Vellore-Krishnagiri Road in Tamil Nadu.

The vehicle was found to be occupied by two persons, both residents of Erode in Tamil Nadu and they were apprehended.

A thorough search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of over 212.5 kg of Ganja which was found to be concealed beneath Coconut saplings.

Immediate follow-up and high-speed chase resulted in the interception of one Innova vehicle and two more persons, also residents of Erode were apprehended. They were purchasers of the contraband and escorting the vehicle containing Ganja.

The Ganja is alleged to be sourced from Andhra Pradesh and destined to Erode in TN for selling in retail.

Based on specific inputs from NCB, Bengaluru Zonal Unit about a parcel going through a courier from Bengaluru to Thiruvananthapuram, the officers of NCB, Cochin Sub Zone intercepted a parcel at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala on November 16.

Examination of the said parcel resulted in the recovery of 244 gm of Amphetamine, 25 stamps of LSD and 2 gm of Methaqualone (all psychotropic substances).

The contraband was found to be concealed very well in a gift parcel containing chewing gum, Lotte Choco Pie, which was very difficult to detect initially.

Immediate follow-up action based on field inputs resulted in the identification of the actual receiver of the person, located at Thiruvananthapuram and was apprehended, he said.

On November 11, the NCB Bengaluru team had affected a seizure of 40 gm of Methamphetamine from a courier parcel at Bengaluru.

The parcel was destined for Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). Controlled delivery of this seizure resulted in the apprehension of the actual receiver of the parcel at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The heavy rain and cyclone alert in Chennai and Andhra Pradesh are not deterring these Ganja traffickers, they are defying all odds and taking all types of risks to procure the contraband and traffic the same.

Drug trafficking through courier routes is evident in such weather conditions.

Methamphetamine/Amphetamine and other synthetic drugs are a very potent and dangerous stimulant drugs. It is commonly abused as a party drug.

The side effects of the drug are also very dangerous on the human body which affects the central nervous system.

Illegal Ganja Cultivation in India is largely concentrated around the Naxal infected Andhra- Odisha border areas. Ganja from this region finds its way all over the country.

Difficult terrain and inaccessibility make this area difficult for the law enforcement agencies to conduct periodic destruction of illicit grown Ganja.

The seizures of Ganja have been increasing and the traffickers have been transporting Ganja by Road using various types of vehicles, Mr Ghawate added.

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