Assam CM Launches Aggressive Campaign Against Drug Trafficking

Guwahati, 25th May: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has launched a resolute campaign against drug trafficking, pledging to eradicate the menace threatening the state’s youth. In a statement posted on his X account, Sarma underscored the government’s determination to dismantle the network of illicit substances wreaking havoc on society.

Sarma’s declaration follows significant progress made in the state’s ongoing “War on Drugs” initiative. Since assuming office on May 10, 2021, until May 15, 2024, authorities have recorded 8,855 cases related to drug offenses. Over this period, a staggering total of 14,593 individuals have been apprehended for their involvement in drug-related activities.

The seizure of contraband substances has been substantial, with authorities confiscating 432 kg of heroin, 105,567 kg of cannabis, 453 kg of opium, and 1,100,858 bottles of codeine cough syrup. Additionally, a significant quantity of tablets and capsules, totaling 123,512,298, have been seized.

Other illicit substances seized include 3,318 kg of poppy straw, ₹55,184,417.5 in cash, 28,865 units of foreign currency, 206,400 counterfeit Indian currency notes, 2 kg of morphine, 24 kg of crystal methamphetamine, and 1 kg of cocaine.

The estimated market value of the confiscated substances stands at a staggering ₹2,166.30 crore, underscoring the magnitude of the drug trade in the region.

Sarma’s announcement signals the state government’s unwavering commitment to combating drug trafficking and shielding its citizens, particularly the youth, from the devastating repercussions of substance abuse. The aggressive measures implemented thus far demonstrate a resolve to uproot the scourge of drugs and safeguard the well-being of Assam’s residents.

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