Amount of drugs seized in Gujarat doubles in 2013-14

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) seized more than 100 kg of drugs in Gujarat in 2013-14, almost double the quantity it had seized in the previous year.

Ahmedabad: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) seized more than 100 kg of drugs in Gujarat in 2013-14, almost double the quantity it had seized in the previous year.

Data disclosed by the NCB today shows that 100.440 kg of charas and 0.660 kg of heroine were seized in 2013-14 while in 2012-13 it had seized 55.680 kg of charas and 1.222 kg of methamphetamine.

Ten persons were booked in the six cases of charas seizure in 2013-14.
The figures were released today by the Zonal Director of NCB in Gujarat, Hariom Gandhi, on the eve of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The number of cases and the booked persons are almost similar to 2012-13.
However, in 2011-12 NCB had seized 170.14 kg of narcotic drugs (mainly charas) in five different cases, arresting 12 persons.

"We will organise functions to make school and college students aware about the menace of drugs. We will also spread awareness against smoking and drinking, as these habits are found to be the `gateway` to drug consumption," Gandhi said.

NCB teams would conduct educational sessions at the National Social Service (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) camps too.
Additional Secretary (Home) S K Nanda said on this occasion that drug trafficking is a trans-state business, which operates in various states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.

The state Home Department`s job was not just enforcement of anti-drug laws but also prevention through spreading awareness, he added.

Nanda also said that highest number of the cases of drug seizure were from the cities such as Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Gandhinagar where migrants from other states live in large numbers.

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