Economic Offences Unit team tightens noose around drug peddlers in Bihar | Patna News

PATNA: Drug peddlers are set to face the music as an anti-narcotics task force has been made operational under the state police’s Economic Offences Unit (EOU).
It is adept at conducting quality investigation into cases lodged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and cracking down on the peddlers operating in the state.
According to sources, the EOU’s special team has seized 352kg ganja and arrested nine members of interstate smugglers since January 2021.
The ADG of EOU, Nayyar Hasnain Khan, told this reporter that altogether 46 dual-lock safes had been set up in the districts for proper upkeep of the seized consignment of narcotics in the state.
“For the first time, the process of destruction of 3,919kg ganja seized in 62 cases under the NDPS Act has been initiated before their disposal,” Khan said, adding that a proposal for confiscation of ill-gotten wealth worth Rs 21.47 crore belonging to 10 ganja smugglers had already been submitted under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The investigating agency is also reported to have destroyed standing opium crop spread over 545 acres compared to 470 acres in 2020 and 252 acres in 2019.
Besides, the sleuths of the EOU have seized fake Indian currency notes with a face value of Rs 13.48 lakh in the state till June this year.
The investigating agency had seized fake currency notes with a face value of Rs 6.57 lakh and Rs 30.38 lakh in 2020 and 2019, respectively.
Meanwhile, the EOU is learnt to have prepared handbooks and videos with the assistance of the Narcotics Control Bureau to help the district police personnel investigate cases lodged under the NDPS Act. Altogether 808 police personnel have been imparted specialised training so far.

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