To mark Drug Abuse Day - Karnataka police to destroy drugs worth Rs 25.6 crore

To  mark Drug Abuse Day - Karnataka police to destroy drugs worth Rs 25.6 crore

The Karnataka Police is set to destroy on Sunday various psychotropic and narcotic substances worth over Rs 25.6 crore to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Director-General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood said a total of 21 tonnes of narcotics seized will be destroyed with due procedure and permission from higher authorities and court.

The narcotics include ganja, opium, heroin, cocaine, and synthetic drugs like MDMA, LSD, etc. More than 50% of the drugs were seized in Bengaluru City.

This is in continuation of the 24 tonnes of drugs worth Rs 50.23 crore destroyed last year on the same day.

In the last year, 8,505 NDPS Act cases were registered and 7,846 accused were arrested. Among those arrested, 185 of the total cases belonged of foreign origin. Of the total, 5,363 cases have already been completely investigated and finalized said DGP Praveen Sood.

In 2020, the police arrested 5,291 persons under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The drugs will be destroyed by incineration in a closed container.

The action is to bring fear among dealers as well as to create awareness among the people especially the youth who falls into this trap.