Marijuana smuggling to Assam on the rise: Bhutan police
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 11, 2009, 10:03
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 reported.

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 investigate.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 11, 2009, 10:03

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