Jammu becoming drug capital of J&K?

4 women among 178 drug peddlers arrested this year: Police

BIVEK MATHUR
Jammu, Publish Date: Jul 19 2018 1:08AM | Updated Date: Jul 19 2018 1:08AM
Jammu becoming drug capital of J&K?

With local youth falling into the grip of drug abuse, the Summer capital, Jammu has been fast emerging as the drug capital of the state which is evident from the fact that Jammu police have, till date this year, arrested 178 drug peddlers, 4 of them women.

“This year, 137 cases of drug peddling have been registered in the Jammu district. We’ve booked 178 peddlers including 4 women under different sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act,” DSP headquarters, Mansha Beg told Greater Kashmir. The KPS officer, Beg, said that last year, 251 cases under different sections of NDPS Act were registered against 357 drug peddlers, 10 of them women.

She said, “In the year 2017, challan was producedin the court of law in 228 cases, while this year, challans for 84 cases have been produced.”

As per official data, this year the police have arrested a total of 667 people in 542 cases under the NDPS Act in the State for drug peddling and smuggling. Of the 667 people, 214 were arrested in 163 cases in the Kashmir region and 453 in 379 cases in the Jammu province, the data said.

The data also said that as many as 12 alleged drug peddlers were arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in Jammu and Kashmir this year as compared to 27 in 2016.

It said that as many as 822 people were arrested in 608 cases of drug peddling and narcotic smuggling in 2016, and this year 568.94 kg of marijuana was seized, five times more than the seizure made during this period last year in the Jammu region.

In 2015, 24.3 kg of cannabis was seized and 107 kg in 2016. In the case of poppy straw, this year 5,610 kg was seized against 3,268 kg in 2016 and 1,846 kg in 2015, it said.

There was a significant drop in the amount of brown sugar seized.

Last year, 13.1 kg of the contraband was seized against 1.306 kg this year. In 2015, the police had seized 4.4 kg of brown sugar, the data said.

Till August 2017, 39.315 kg of heroin was seized against 64.143 kg in 2016 and 14.953 kg in 2015 in the same period, it said.

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