Nagaland Police cracks large drug cartel in the Northeast, arrested 12 persons

Kohima: The Nagaland Police have also claimed to have registered a total of 318 cases, 456 persons since January 2023

BY | Wednesday, 13 December, 2023

The Nagaland Police, on Wednesday claimed that it has cracked one of the largest nexus of drug trafficking network spreading across mainly Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Punjab, and most probably other states in the country.

Addressing a press conference held at PHQ conference on December 13, Nagaland Director General of Police (DGP) Rupin Sharma said an arrest was made from Sechu Zubza under Kohima DEF on November 13, wherein two traffickers from Manipur were arrested for trafficking 90 soap cases Heroine. The interrogation of the two led to arresting 12 individuals till today. “The accused is suspected to have trafficked around 60 Kgs of heroine worth about Rs 400 crore within a span of one year,” Sharma said.

The 12 arrested persons who are part of this network is said to belong from Nagaland, Manipur and Assam. Sharma said the case is still under investigation and there is possibility of involvement of many other people in this network which shall be unearthed soon.

“Nagaland Police have made significant success in terms of war against drugs. Eight police personnel have also been dismissed while, 41 police personnels have been detained and departmental inquiry is still underway,” said Sharma. Further, three government servants from various departments have been arrested for their involvment in selling, trafficking and consumption of drugs and their respective departments have been notified for the same, informed the DGP. The government employees were arrested last week.

Dimapur and Kohima districts are reported to have the highest number of drugs being sold, consumed and trafficked.

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Since January 1, 2023, a total of 318 cases have been registered and 456 persons have been arrested in connection with NDPS related activities, said Sharma.

Further, Sharma appealed to the public to extend a helping hand and be cautious because “it is easy for the traffickers to fool people into carrying drugs or allowing other measures for facilitating traffickers”.

“Nagaland Police is committed for ensuring a drug free Nagaland in line with the efforts of Government of India towards ensuring Drug Free India by 2047. Nagaland Police has initiated lot of steps on various fronts- public engagement, awareness campaigns, inter-department coordination, better investigation and prosecution and technology upgradation, besides a Canine Squad,” stated Sharma.

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