New Delhi: Dealing a debilitating blow to the smugglers of prohibited narcotics and psychotropic drugs and substances, the Customs formations under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) carried out an all India destruction of huge quantity of seized/confiscated narcotics and psychotropic drugs and substances (NDPS), whose trade is prohibited, on 24 January. This is the first time ever that narcotics & psychotropic drugs and substances have been simultaneously destroyed in an all India operation, according to the Ministry of Finance.
The substances destroyed include cannabis, better known as marijuana or ganja (11,326 kg), heroin (251 kg), ephedrine (316 kg), ketamine (321 kg), ecstasy tablets (3,549 numbers), phensedyl (25,400 bottles), amphetamine (4,896 bottles), other NDPS drugs (56 kg) etc valued at around Rs 79 crores in the international market. The destruction took place at Bhopal, Patna, Lucknow, Chennai, Pune, Shillong, Delhi, and Mumbai.
To boost the public awareness of the perils of drug abuse, the Ministry says mass media coverage was initiated to witness the destruction of the seized drugs substances at various places across the country.
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