Baramulla, September 1: Over the last eight months, the Baramulla district in north Kashmir has apprehended 289 drug traffickers and filed 213 charges against them, police said.
During this same time period, police arrested 54 narcotics dealers for violating the PSA.
Drug traffickers have had Rs 2.1 crore worth of assets frozen by police.
In addition to the Rs 1.2 crore in cash, the assets frozen include three homes and three cars.
The drug traffickers reportedly used the profits from their illegal trade to fund their operations, and the police froze their assets after receiving the necessary approvals.
Additionally, the police were able to confiscate a large quantity of illegal substances during this year’s January–August crackdown.
2.67 kilogrammes of brown sugar, worth about Rs 3.47 crore, 4.2 kilogrammes of heroin, worth approximately Rs 5.89 crore, 10.52 kilogrammes of charas, worth approximately Rs 52.59 lakh, and 163.39 kilogrammes of poppy straw and cannabis powder, worth approximately Rs 1.06 crore were confiscated.
The raid has not only resulted in the recovery of drugs, but also of Rs 1.13 crore in cash and 25 cars, significantly impacting the activities of drug traffickers.
Money and other valuables totaled Rs 12.08 crore, making this a very large seizure indeed.
The public’s involvement in gathering information was crucial, according to a police officer, who indicated that the operation would not have been effective without it.
He assured them that the police were serious about eradicating drug misuse, but emphasised that everyone, regardless of background, needed to work with them to achieve this goal.
To find those participating in this business, he said, “people should start awareness campaigns among themselves in their mohallas and community.”