Thimphu: The smuggling of marijuana growing
naturally in Bhutan across the border to Assam has been on the
rise, the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) have said.
In a recent seizure of two kg of marijuana in Samdrup
Jongkhar, it was found that it originated and had been
processed in Mongar, police said.
Two people from Dumthe were arrested at the border while
trying to smuggle 40 kg of marijuana to India, the Kuensel
In March, police seized nine bags of marijuana weighing
237 kg from two people in Daifam in Samdrup Jongkhar, who were
going to smuggle it to Assam.
"In the investigations, we were told by locals that the
porous border made smuggling possible and that mobile phones
helped them to avoid the SSB," said Dorji Khandu, officer
in-charge of the RBP drugs unit.
He said that three towns in Assam got the raw marijuana,
which would be processed. RBP recently sent a team to further
The RBP is currently investigating the Tsachu Phu (hot
spring) area in Punakha, where large tracts of marijuana were
found to be used. Eleven arrests have been made in different
places in Punakha with regard to processing marijuana plants.
Marijuana is the fastest growing and most abused drug
with 231 cases in 2009, compared to 11 cases in 2001, with it
now constituting 45.3 percent of all drug arrests.