What is causing the growing threat of drugs in India

By CNBCTV18.com STI (Update)


In September 2021, authorities at Mundra port in Gujarat seized nearly 3,000 kg of heroin worth over Rs 21,000 crore.

The Mumbai Police Anti-Narcotics Cell seized 703kg of mephedrone in the Nalasopara area of ​​the city on August 4 in one of the biggest drug busts in recent years.

According to the police, the value of the drugs seized could be around Rs 1,400 crore. Five individuals, including a graduate in organic chemistry, were arrested in this case.

This mass drug haul is another major contraband seizure in recent months amid the growing number of similar cases across the country in recent months.

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In September 2021, Mundra port authorities in Gujarat seized nearly 3,000 kg of heroin worth over Rs 21,000 crore from the international market in the largest ever drug smuggling by the country.

The heroin shipment was smuggled in from Afghanistan. The port has remained a hotspot for drug seizures in recent months.

Just a few weeks ago, in another drug case, the Punjab Police and the Gujarat Counter Terrorism Squad (ATS) in a joint operation seized almost 75 kg of heroin from worth Rs 375 crore in a container near Mundra Port.

Around the same time, Navi Mumbai Police had also made a drug bust by seizing heroin weighing 72,518 kg worth Rs 362.59 crore after a tip-off from Punjab Police.

On August 4, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials arrested a man in Bangalore involved in international drug trafficking. The arrested individual was carrying 16 kg of heroin worth Rs 112 crore.

Since January 2021, the DRI has seized over 350 kg of cocaine worth Rs 3,500 crore at several locations across the country in different operations.

Sanjay Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Operations) at the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), had recently said in an interview that drug abuse among young people was increasing rapidly.

“I can say that drug use among young people is increasing. I’m not sure of the exact number, but I think about 10 crore (100 million) Indians use drugs.

It was around 2 crore (20 million) 15 years ago. My feeling is, yes, drug use is increasing,” Singh said in an interview with Moneycontrol.com.

Data from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment estimates that the number of opioid users rose to 23 million in 2018, a 600% increase since 2004.

The central government said it had adopted a strict narcotics policy and aimed to destroy 75,000 kg of drugs in the year to mark 75 years of independence.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) recently destroyed 30,000 kg of drugs at four sites. Recently, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the NCB destroyed nearly 82,000 kg of drugs and it will reach 1 lakh kg by August 15.

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