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23% arrested in drug cases in state are Goans

Panaji: Around 23 per cent of the accused arrested by the Goa police in drugs cases in the last 5 months are Goans. While around 50 per cent of the accused are from other states of India and just over 25 per cent are foreign nationals.  

Since January this year, the Goa police have booked 89 cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and arrested 93 accused persons. Drugs over 22 kg were seized during the raids and is worth around Rs 1.32 crore.

Out of the 93 accused, 22 are Goans, 47 from other states of India and 24 foreigners. Among foreign nationals 14 are from Russia, 2 Kenya, 1 Italian, 6 Nigerian and 1 accused is from Nepal.

The cases were booked by the anti-narcotic cell (ANC), the crime branch police and the police from North as well as South Goa district.

According to information, out of the 89 cases, ANC has registered 12, crime branch 5, North Goa police has registered 46 cases whereas South Goa police has registered 26 cases.

During the raids, police had seized drugs worth around Rs 1.32 crore weighing around 22 kg. Drugs seized includes ecstasy tablets, MDMA, ganja, charas, LSD papers, marijuana oil, cocaine, ephedrine, methamphetamine, gbl liquid, heroin and ecstasy powder informed police officials.

The highest seizure was done recently wherein the ANC arrested a Nigerian national with drugs worth over Rs 54 lakh during a raid in Siolim.

With an idea to increase the intelligence on drug trafficking and to enhance the enforcement against the drug menace, the Goa police will be working in close coordination with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Sources informed that ANC will coordinate with the NCB in developing the intelligence on drug peddlers and the drug trafficking. “This will help to increase the enforcement against the drug menace in the state,” informed sources.

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