NCB uses satellite imagery to detect illegal poppy cultivation
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Last Updated: Friday, June 25, 2010, 18:03
Kolkata: Satellite imagery has been used to identify illicit poppy cultivation in West Bengal, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials said here on Friday.

Nearly 2,100 acre of illegal poppy cultivation, detected by satellite imagery, have been destroyed by NCB in Birbhum, Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia districts, they said.

Kolkata, Asansol and Raniganj are the main drug consuming centres in the state. Opium extracted from illicit cultivation in West Bengal is converted to crude heroin in Murshidabad district, the officials said.

There has also been rise in trafficking of the contraband from areas like Bongaon in North 24 Parganas, besides Lalgola and Plassey, they said.

Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion of 'International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking' today, NCB Zonal Director K Shankar said a narcotics scanner would be set up at N S C B International Airport in the metropolis to put a curb on drug smuggling to far east.


First Published: Friday, June 25, 2010, 18:03

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