Guwahati: Chemical drugs like heroin was found to be flooding the state of Assam with state police seizing around 100 kilos of heroin in the last one year in a crackdown upon illegal narcotics.
While state police sources claimed that the reason behind the incoming of the expensive drug item was indirectly related to the political crisis in Myanmar where opium cultivation has been at large, many believed that the popularity of the drug grew up amongst party revelers due to its easy availability in the state in recent times.
The rising supply of heroin in the state could be gauged by the fact when chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed the state assembly that around 98.65 kg of heroin were seized by the state police in last one year alone.
Besides, 187.05 kg of opium, 4.91 kg of morphine, 14.7 kg of crystal methamphetamine and 0.31 kg of cocaine were also seized in last one year.
“Today, East Guwahati Police Department (EGPD) team from Sonapur police station intercepted a truck and seized 300 grams of Heroin. On the other hand, Bharalumukh police intercepted a vehicle and seized around 10,000 Yaba tablets too today. At least two persons were arrested,” said city police sources.
“There is no doubt that the Myanmar political crisis has led to the significant increase in trafficking of drugs, especially heroin, from Myanmar to India via Mizoram. A large number of people in Myanmar are rendered jobless and have no sources of income due to the current political crisis there. Many of them were lured into smuggling activities,” informed a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official based in the region.
The official also said that with the increase in heroin supply, the price of the drug has dropped too making its accessible to many. While earlier around 14 grams of heroin were sold at some Rs 30,000, it has reduced to some Rs 18000 in present day.
Heroin, a drug that comes from a flower-opium poppy which usually grows in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos in Asia, known as the infamous Golden Triangle. It can look like a white or brown powder, or a sticky black “tar.” It’s also called horse, smack, junk, and brown sugar, among other names.
Opium production in Myanmar was the world’s second-largest source of opium after Afghanistan, producing some 25% of the world’s opium.
Earlier on July 30, Guwahati Police burnt down 935 kg of seized drugs at Hatishila Daampara under Pragjyotishpur police station on the outskirts of the city. Among the drugs destroyed, a considerable amount of heroin, cannabis and raw methamphetamine were burnt.
Last year, drugs worth Rs 655.4 crore have been seized and 4,750 people arrested across Assam. “We are working on three approaches — cut the supply, stop the demand and minimise the (health) damage. The police are also taking necessary actions against the drug peddlers,” said chief minister Sarma.