Drug Abuse

72 drug peddlers arrested, assets worth Rs 80 lakh seized in Bandipora this year so far: Police

Used syringes lay on the dusty floor in an abandoned house which junkies have overtook as their drug den. [FPK Photo/Mir Yasir Mukhtar.]

Bandipora: Police in Bandipora have arrested 72 drug peddlers and registered 58 cases while assets worth Rs 80 lakh were seized this year so far.

As per a data, police have filed 58 cases and arrested 72 individuals with eight booked under the PIT NDPS Act.

Of 58 cases, 49 have been formally charged, while the remaining nine are currently under investigation.

According to police, property valued at a total of Rs 7,970,712 has been attached, comprising immovable property in the form of land worth Rs 4,400,000, movable property valued at Rs 135,000, and Rs 2,220,712 seized from bank accounts.

The police reported the seizure of 70 kilograms of cannabis and its derivatives, 43 kilograms of opium and its derivatives, 65 grams of heroin and brown sugar, 110 bottles of manufactured drugs, and 1,184 tablets, in addition to the confiscation of Rs 81,925 in cash.

A senior police officer said that the fight against drug menace is a top priority for them. “We’re working tirelessly to not only apprehend offenders but also to raise awareness and offer support to those seeking recovery,” he said. “Every confiscated gram of illicit substance represents a potential life saved from the clutches of addiction. We will continue to wage this battle until the district is drug-free.” (KNO)

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