SRINAGAR: Police have arrested 425 drug peddlers, including 69 hardcore ones, and filed 242 cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Phototrophic Substances Act (NDPS) this year in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, officials said on Wednesday.

Moreover, property worth crores of drug peddlers has been attached during the current year.

“Police have also recovered contraband substances worth crores (value of contraband in black market). Further, properties of drug peddlers worth Rs 2.3 crores, comprising of 03 houses, 03 vehicles, and cash amounting to Rs.1.2 Crores has also been attached by the police,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

The statement further reads, “During the first half of the year, there was an increase in cases, with numbers surging from 10 to 40 cases in April alone. However, in July, Baramulla Police registered 18 cases related to drug peddling, signaling the beginning of a positive shift in the fight against this menace. This trend continued through the subsequent months, with 15 cases recorded in August and 18 cases in September, demonstrating consistent efforts to combat drug-related crimes and 11 cases were registered in October.”


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