Lockdown effect: Cocaine, heroin down, marijuana up in Delhi

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Written by Mahender Singh Manral
| New Delhi |

Published: July 11, 2020 2:11:51 am

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Since the March 23 halt to international flights in India due to the Covid-19– induced lockdown, a steep fall in the supply of party drug cocaine and heroin has been recorded by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Officials said opium and marijuana (ganja), especially from Odisha and Jharkhand, have found more takers in Delhi-NCR.

Deputy Director (Operations) K P S Malhotra told The Indian Express that during the lockdown, they have observed a different pattern of people who were earlier supplying cocaine and heroin now supplying marijuana and opium. “Before lockdown, suppliers were using air and cargo routes to smuggle cocaine and heroin to India. With total international trade affected during the lockdown, these suppliers have shifted to opium and marijuana,” he said.

During the lockdown, the NCB recovered 400 kg of opium and 6,500 kg of marijuana from smugglers in…

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