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Shimla, Feb 5

After an all time big seizure of Charas (123Kg) now Himachal Pradesh Police has claimed an all time high quantity seizure of Heroin while busting an international racket involved in the pedaling of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. The drug is told to have a black market value to the tune of Rs 30 Crore. This was stated by Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu who was addressing a press conference at police headquarters Shimla on Thursday
He said that the State police has been targeting big fishes in the drug trade across the state. In the process a team of Superintendent Police Kullu succeeded in busting this major racket, he added. Informing about the bust he said, that tracking backwards from a arrest of 2 youths for possession of 55 gms heroin, a probe was started last month. The same was recovered by a SIU of police station Bhunter. Probing further a 38 years old African national from lvory Coast residing in Delhi was nabbed. He has been arrested in Delhi under section 29 of the NDPS Act by a team of Kullu police. A case under section 21 NDPS Act was registered and a car Chevrolet Beat was also seized.
When the police party raided his home 6.297 kg of heroin and 362 grams of ganja was recovered, claimed the police. The accused has been arrested and brought to Kullu, they added.
Police further informed that the accused does not have a valid visa and he was living in India illegally, for which action under section 14 of the Foreigner Act has been taken against him. The accused is the alleged kingpin of heroin trade and has been supplying the same across India since many years, they informed.
Since July 2019, 23 foreign nationals have been arrested by Kullu police for drug trafficking, out of which 17 are African national heroin suppliers.  We will also go for financial investigation and attachment of ill gotten assets of the accused with the help of central agencies.
In the year  2020, a  total of 1538 NDPS  cases were registered.351.018 kg of charas and 6.751 kg  of heroin (chitta) have been  seized.  2044  Indian and 14 foreigner  were arrested in these cases.
In the year 2021, a total of  149 NDPS  cases have been registered till now. 179.195 kg’ charas and 840.286 grams heroin seized and 188 accused persons have been  arrested.
(excluding the current case by Kullu Police).


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