The Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) has seized practically 234 kgs of opium from Rajasthan, the “largest” seizure this yr but, and arrested two individuals on fees of drug trafficking, the company mentioned on Friday.
The seizure was made on July 19 from Shadi village within the state’s Chittorgarh district.
“A crew from the Jodhpur zonal unit raided the residential premises of an individual, R Lal, and seized 233.97 kgs of opium. One other individual MK Dhakad of Bhilwara district has additionally been arrested,” NCB Deputy Director (Operations) KPS Malhotra mentioned in Delhi.
The company additionally seized a sports activities utility automobile (SUV) as a part of the operation, he mentioned.
“That is the biggest opium seizure of the yr within the nation. Preliminary investigation has discovered that the opium was sourced from the authorized cultivation space of Chittorgarh and was destined to Jodhpur,” he mentioned.
The consignment belonged to Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan based mostly drug traffickers, Mr Malhotra mentioned.
Opium is dried latex obtained from the seed capsule of the opium poppy plant and it’s chemically processed to provide heroin.
The Central Bureau of Narcotics, below the Union finance ministry, offers licence for its authorized manufacturing in three states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Malhotra mentioned the probe into the most recent case discovered that some authorized cultivators, particularly these in Mandsaur, Neemuch and Ratlam districts of Madhya Pradesh and Chittorgarh and Jhalawar districts of Rajasthan, diverted opium by means of unlawful channels and bought it to intermediaries for revenue.
“These intermediaries visitors this opium to different components of the nation for consumption and conversion into heroin,” he mentioned.
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