SHILLONG, April 19: Porous borders and criminal networks are getting stronger and cunning fueling the drug crisis which the opposition raised concerned in the State Legislative Assembly, with porous border it is easy for the free flow of various illicit drugs or weapons to the state.
The opposition party after further analysis have observed that the drug abuse in the city is highest in the country surpassing Punjab. This led the Meghalaya police to go all out in neutralising drug cartels operating in the city by adopting a method that includes educating the youths and carrying out massive crackdown simultaneously.
East Khasi Hills District Superintendent of Police,(City) Vivek Syiem while briefing media persons said, “There is an increase in the number of drug related cases and also on the number of arrests made in this connection, which indicates that there is a rise.”
Lately, there is a surge in crack down by the police in drug related cases in the city and police are often seen frisking vehicles and making arrests.
“It is increasing. Places which were untouched now it is touched. It is an epidemic, a disease and is quickly spreading,” Syiem further adding, “We are tackling the issue on a war footing.”
He further said that this in turn affecting the society in a large way as this leads to rise in number of crimes like property theft besides others.
Elaborating more on the method adopted by the police in tackling the problem of drugs in the city, Syiem said that the police are not just concentrating on making arrest and seizing drugs but are also imparting knowledge to the youths in various platforms to refrain themselves from getting into drugs.
“We need a consolidated effort to handle this epidemic,” he added.
It may be mentioned that the state police and other agencies had been successful in seizing various kinds of drugs from 2013 to 2016. Some of these drugs included heroin, cannabis, cough syrup, sedatives and other substances. In the same period, 112 cases were registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Out of these cases, 80 charge sheets were submitted. There have been 13 convictions and trial in 19 cases is on. In 30 cases, the charges could not be substantiated.
One of the biggest catches in Shillong city, was by customs sleuths in 2016 who recovered one kilogram of heroin along with approximately 20,000 tablets of the drug Methamphetamine (or meth) worth around Rs 3 crore in the international market.
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