Cops nabbed 407 drug peddlers, seized forbidden drugs worth Rs 4.57 cr in 2 yrs

Nagpur: To mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, observed every year on 26th June every year, the city Police Department are set to organise series of programmes and awareness drives between June 26 and July 3 this year. Throughout this week, police will distribute banners, posters, hoardings etc in school and colleges across the city and conduct several workshops with an aim to spread awareness about the drug abuse.

Shockingly, there has been a significant rise in the drug abuse among the party gigs in the city, while the cops were always on their toes to curb any substance abuse reported not only within and outside city circles.

During the period
between July 2017 and June 2019, the cops tightened the noose on smuggling and selling of drugs in Orange City, arresting 407 drug peddlers and seized the forbidden drugs worth Rs 4,57,44,212.

In total 127 offence registered between July 2017 and December 31, 2017, the Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC) of the Crime Branch seized 451 kgs of Ganja worth Rs 73 lakh in 40 cases. While there were three cases of cocaine reported besides two cases of heroine and charas during this span. The cops seized total materials to the tune of Rs 97,21,656 and also arrested 197 drug peddlers.

The crimes related to drugs were on the peak during January and July 2018. As in only 88 offences registered in the period of six months, cops arrested 131 accused and seized forbidden drugs worth Rs 2,76,09,090. In 56 cases of Ganja, the ANC seized around 702 kgs of Ganja worth Rs 1,36,25,180. In 18 cases related to heroine, cops recovered 3.3 kgs of forbidden drug collectively of Rs 1,11,49,770. While there were seven offences related to MD drug also came to fore besides a couple of offence of Charas.

Owing to previous action plans against the drug peddlers, the year 2019 brought crime related to drugs to its knees. Between January 1 and June 24 this year, only 61 offences of forbidden drugs were registered which comprises 43 of Ganja, 5 of heroine and one of charas. ANC arrested total 79 accused in this connection and seized drugs worth Rs 74,13,466.

All the drives were supervised under the guidance of Commissioner of Police Dr Bhushankumar Upadhyay, Joint Commissioner of Police, Ravindra Kadam, Uppar Police Commissioner (Crime), Nilesh Bharne, ACP (Crime) Sudhir Nandanwar.

Senior PI (Crime) Rajendra Nikkam, API Vijay Kasodhan, ASIs Arjunsingh, Vithoba Kale, Constables, Dutta Baghul, Tulsidas Shukla, Satish Patil, Nitin Rangne, Nitin Mishra, Nitin Salunke, Naresh Shingane and Rubina Sheik played key role in the drives.

By Shubham Nagdeve