Kohima: In fighting drug menace, the Nagaland Police has registered a total of 217 cases and arrested 309 persons in the past year. 

The seizures include Opium (91.722 kg), heroine (8353.52 grams), Brown Sugar (17551.78 grams), Ganja (2549.711 kg), Spasmo Proxyvon (2,18,757), Alprazolam 0.5 mg (3060 nos), Nitrozepam (99 nos), Nitrosun (51 Nos), cough syrup (3411 nos), YABA Tablets (1,35,427), Simplex (6490 nos), MI 52 (169 nos), Tramadol capsules (240 nos), Dicyclomine Hydrocloride & Paracetomol (358 Nos), Clonazepam (2 nos), Jagril SPAS Tablets (1040 nos), SPASM Care (2690 nos), Superdol Plus Capsules (29331 nos), Phenergan (289 nos) Cycloyas (467 nos), Buprenorphine Sublingnal Tablets (246 nos), Crystal Meth/ICE/Methamphetamine (800 grams), Gold Biscuits (48.14 kgs), foreign Made Cigarette- ESSE Light (9990 packets). 

According to the state police, proactive steps are taken to tackle the menace of drug abuse and drug trafficking across the state. The seizures were made by the District Police and Narcotics Cell, PHQ in the last one year. 

Under the Director General of Police (DGP) John Longkumer, the state Police claimed that it is aggressively carrying out enforcement duties to curb the menace of drugs and contraband goods from the society for the “well being” of the younger generation.

“Nagaland is basically a transit route for smuggling of Narcotic drugs and Psychotropic substances carried by drug peddlers. Most of the opioid drugs come via Manipur to Nagaland and exit to Assam through Dimapur. In this regard, Nagaland Police has been intensifying it efforts to track the backward and forward linkages too,” Nagaland Police PRO said. 

As per the police, anti-drug drives have been conducted such as drug enforcement activities as well as pre-emptive actions; activities to target absconding drug traffickers and bailees not attending court; disposal of drugs and vehicles seized; drug seizures by intelligence collection and checking; identification and destruction of illicit cultivation of narcotics crops; check on trafficking of pharma drugs; and awareness initiatives on drug abuse. 

Capacity-building measures, with the use of IT systems both in human resources and technological support systems, are also used to aid the police personnel in detection of drugs, the police said. 

Further, the Nagaland Police warned that any person indulging in drug abuse and drug trafficking will be sternly dealt with, as per provisions under the Narcotic drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. 

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