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Drug seizures in Punjab since 2002

chandigarh Updated: Dec 31, 2014 09:05 IST
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The Congress came to power in Punjab in March 2002. Seizures shot up during the tenure of the Akali-BJP govt (2007-12). The alliance is now more than half-way through its second consecutive term.

Jan 2002 to Dec ’06

111kg Heroin
112kg Smack
83 lakh Injections/pills
22,938 People arrested

Jan 2007 to Dec 2011

1,049kg Heroin
203kg Smack
5 crore Injections/pills
30,442 People arrested

Jan ’12 to Dec 16, ’14

1,266kg Heroin
107kg Smack
4.5 crore Injections/pills
3,330kg Intoxicant powder
1,754kg ICE
410kg Charas
2,577kg Opium
44,957 People arrested

Major heroin hauls by police this year

27kg June 27-29 Tarn Taran
22kg Nov 7 Ferozepur
21kg Nov 26 Ferozepur
17kg Dec 16 Joint operation with BSF
13kg June 6 Tarn Taran

Rs 8 crore Cash seized by Punjab police in 2013-14 from arrested drug smugglers

Rs 66 crore worth of property of 338 smugglers frozen by state police since 2006 after nod from authorities concerned

3.4 lakh number of OPD (out-patient department) and IPD (in-patient department) patients who have undergone treatment for de-addiction in 2014 after police crackdown began in mid-May.

Network of heroin smugglers

Punjab shares a 553km international border with Pakistan. The border is used for transiting heroin smuggled from Afghanistan/Pakistan and is taken to various cities in Punjab, other Indian states and abroad.

Some of the heroin funnelled in the national distribution network finds its way back in Punjab to peddlers and retailers, according to the police.

Drug trafficking has three elements — heroin smuggling from across the border; opium, poppy husk, charas and ganja coming from inter-state borders; and misuse of prescription drugs such as tablets, syrups, injections within the state.

Police strategy

Identify supply network and smash it so that drugs become unavailable.

Zero tolerance against smugglers and peddlers.

Round-the-clock surveillance or monitoring of peddlers/smugglers who are out on bail.

Exemplary action against government servants found to be hand in glove with smugglers/peddlers

Synthetic drugs

These drugs had not been seized in Punjab prior to 2012.

An international drug cartel, mainly based in Chennai and spread out in Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana — but not in Punjab — was identified and its members were arrested.

This cartel used to procure synthetic intoxicants from Himachal, send these to Chennai and further ship it to Malaysia and other countries.

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