The state excise and narcotics department has seized 278 grams of heroin this year

Drugs supply from Myanmar and other neighbouring states rose significantly after the coronavirus-induced lockdown was lifted, a statement by the state excise and narcotics department said on Friday.

After the nation-wide lockdown, Mizoram imposed a state-wide lockdown till May 2020 to curtail the spread of novel coronavirus in the state. The complete lockdown was also observed intermittently in Aizawl till September last year.

Drug supply, especially heroin, increased and the number of drug peddlers and drug abuse also soared after the lockdown, the statement added. So far, the state excise and narcotics department has seized 278 grams of heroin this year, it said. In the first week of 2021, two males aged 41 have died due to drug abuse, the statement added.

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The state excise and narcotics officials seized 203 grams of heroin near Zote village in Champhai district bordering Myanmar on Thursday. Department spokesperson Peter Zohmingthanga said that a Myanmarese national identified as Thanglanchin (41), a resident of Fartlang in Myanmar, has been arrested for possessing the contraband worth Rs. 5.25 lakh.

The accused was booked under relevant sections of The Narcotic Drug & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Zohmingthanga said. Excise and narcotics department personnel on Friday raided Phunchawng and Rangvamual areas on the outskirts of Aizawl, and destroyed several makeshift liquor factories.

Mizoram is one of the worst drug-affected states in the country. Drug supply mainly comes from Myanmar. The first drug-related death due to heroin was reported in 1984. Since then, 1,648 people, including 193 females, have died due to drug abuse.

In 2020, at least 67 people, including 6 females, have been killed due to abuse of heroin against 55 in 2019. The government, civil societies, and churches are on a war footing to fight the menace of drug abuse, which claimed hundreds of lives.

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