ANTF seize drugs worth Rs one crore

Shillong, Jul 24: In the biggest haul of the year for Meghalaya police, the Anti Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) of East Khasi Hills district arrested a woman with around 500 grams of heroin valued at Rs one crore.

The woman, has been identified as Kimneikhol Khongsai (49) who originally hails from Manipur was arrested from Madanrting locality of the city on Monday.

She has been booked under section 21 C of the NDPS Act.

East Khasi Hills, Superintendent of Police (SP), Claudia Lyngwa informed reporters that in the last five months around a kilogram of heroin has been seized in the city.

Lyngwa also informed that as per data there are 11000 addicts who are Intravenous Drug Users, while stating that those who inhale drugs who are also known as “chasers”, their numbers are much more.

According to the SP, the East Khasi Hills district, ANTF is now concentrating on the supply side to control the menace of ever increasing drug use among the youth.

She said that the increase in the number of drug addicts has seen a rise in increase of petty crimes to sustain themselves.

Lyngwa has also urged the stakeholders in the society to come forward and help the police in tacking the drug problem.

She expressed concern that witnesses do not come forward which is a necessity to book a drug supplier.

The police said that till date no house owners has ever been booked for renting their houses to tenants who are involved in drug trade.

According to police under Section 25 of the NDPS act, states, “Whoever, being the owner or occupier or having the control or use of any house, room, enclosure, space, place, animal or conveyance, knowingly permits it to be used for the commission by any other person of an offence punishable under any provision of this Act, shall be punishable with the punishment provided for that offence.”

Lyngwa said that it was time the police invoke this section of the Act. According to the police, Madanrting locality the drug menace has become worse. “Everyday our team has to be there,” the SP said.

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