INDIA. Mumbai: The Anti-Narcotics Cell of the crime branch of the Mumbai Police seized narcotic drugs worth over Rs 28 crore, registered 144 offenses, and booked 172 people in January and February this year.
“The samples of the seized drugs have been sent for chemical analysis,” an official spokesman of the Mumbai police stated.
The drugs seized from various parts of Mumbai in January include: Ganja (marijuana)- 129 kg 457 gram (worth Rs 31,20,845), Heroin- 02 kg, 410 gm (Rs 3,0004500), Cocaine 225 gm ( Rs 67,50,000), Charas (Marijuana) 2 kg (Rs 40,00,000), Mephedrone- 2kg,200gm (Rs 2,49,18,574), Other drugs- 19 kg, 315 gm (Rs 17,69,43,860)-Total-Rs 24,57,37,779. Totally 47 offenses were registered and 56 persons were taken into custody.
The drugs seized in February include: Ganja (marijuana)- 177 kg 508 gm (Rs 38,58,781), Heroin-15 gm (Rs 1,80,000), Cocaine-604 gm ( Rs 1,79,70,000), Charas (Hashish)- 3kg, 906 gm (Rs 1,15,28,000), Mephedrone- 865 gm (Rs 72,85,000), Other drugs- 20 kg,362 gm (Rs 45,72,492)-Total- Rs 4,53,94,273.
In all 97 offences were registered and 116 people were taken into custody. The accused will be tried under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985.
The functions of the Anti-Narcotics Cell include: to control the supply of Narcotics drugs in the city and to tress origin of drugs, to reduce demand by conducting drug awareness’ programs, to increase conviction rate, to dispose of seized drugs as per provision of NDPS Act 1985, to prepare the dossiers of arrested and suspected persons and impart training for the officers about provisions of NDPS. Act 1985.
The regular raids to nab the drug peddlers are conducted by different units such as Azad Maidan, Worli, Bandra, and Andheri under the guidance of the ANC main office located at Cuffe Parade in South Mumbai functioning under Deputy Commissioner of Police Datta Nalawade.
“Our focus is on catching big drug suppliers and commercial (large-scale sale) cases. Booking addicts does not help. We need to break the supply chain,” a senior police official said. The ANC had seized over 3000 kg narcotic drugs last year, which were subsequently destroyed as per the procedure.