Srinagar police seize huge cache of contraband

In a major drive against drug smuggling, Srinagar Police Tuesday seized a massive cache of codeine phosphate from a load carrier on city outskirts here.

A police team from Parimpora police station seized a consignment of 39 boxes containing nearly 5000 bottles (100ml each) of codeine phosphate from a load carrier near Parimpora fruit mandi, here.

“The consignment was procured on a registered wholesale drug license of some person who for monetary consideration had given it (the licence) to the drug peddler,” said Zaffar Iqbal, Station Housing Officer Parimpora.

The officer said the person whose drug licence was used in the case was no more dealing in medicines. “But surprisingly his licence is still intact,” he said.

He said the drug mafia in Kashmir is now “misusing” drug licenses to procure opioids at cheap rates to sell it at higher prices to vulnerable youth.

He said they have seized mobile phone from one arrested person—Adnan Nabi, 27 years old, of Nund Resh Colony Bemina— in the case and through it they are likely to trace other people involved in the illicit drug trade.

The police officer said this is the second instance this year, when they have seized massive contraband procured from outside valley on drug license.

“We have registered seven cases under NDPD (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act). Earlier, we seized a contraband from a peddler from north Kashmir, which was also procured from outside on drug license,” he said.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar Haseeb Mughal told Greater Kashmir that it was necessary to break the supply chain of drugs to eradicate the menace from the society for which police needed public support.

“It is essential for public to understand that they need to inform us about drug peddlers. What public usually informs is about drug addicts—who actually need medical rehabilitation,” he said.