PANAJI: As many as 168 cases of drugs seizure was reported in the year 2017 as compared to 60 in 2016 and 61 in 2015 in Goa, according to a writen reply tabled by State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the State Legislative Assembly on Friday, reports news agency UNI.
According to the UNI report, in 2015, 61 cases of drug seizure were detected (33 by police stations and 28 by anti-narcotic cell), in 2016, 60 cases were detected (36 by police stations and 24 by anti-narcotic cell, in 2017, highest 168 cases were detected (139 by police stations and 29 anti-narcotic cell) and in 2018, till Jun 30, 106 cases were detected (94 by police stations and 12 by anti-narcotic cell, Parrikar’s reply said.
Mr Parrikar, who also holds home portfolio, said intelligence was being collected and sources were being developed to find out persons indulging in drug activities and on receipt of specific input, legal action against the violators would be taken under the appropriate provision of NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act.
Goa police registered more than 400% increase in drug cases in 2017 as compared to 2016 according to a Times of India report. Most cases were booked in the last five months, after chief minister Manohar Parrikar ordered a crackdown on the drug trade, which saw police book 161 cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) and arrest 172 drugs peddlers and dealers.