NCB to train cops in countering drug rackets

Officers of the anti-narcotics unit of the Delhi Police will learn some innovative tricks while being trained by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) sleuths to break the drug network in the National Capital. The move has been initiated after the anti-narcotics unit officers admitted they are not able to solve codes used by drug peddlers or crack drug traffickers’ secret “lingo”.

Drugs seizure in Delhi in 2014 may be the highest haul compared to the past eight years, but it is still short of the actual amount that the police could have laid their hands on. Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi has issued directives to his specialised anti-narcotics units to act against drug trafficking and set up a team to crack the code language of drug peddlers. Interestingly, the anti-narcotics unit of the Crime Branch, in 2013, had exposed a steady supply chain after they intercepted a phone conversation between drug suppliers and consumers, and cracked their drug trade code language, leading to the unearthing of the deep-rooted plot. It was found that the Capital’s drug lords were using names of heroines like Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi and Rakhi Sawant to run the heroin racket.

Recently, the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), Ravindra Yadav issued an advisory memo where he asked his anti-narcotics unit to get cracking and bust the big drug trafficking rackets. Sources also said that unit officers lack proper kit for checking their recoveries and most of the equipment is outdated. They added, “Peddlers are using golf kits, sandals, bicycle seats and car pistons to smuggle heroin, cocaine and other contraband items to China, Nigeria, South Africa and the US. Concealed cavities in these items are cleverly filled with the drugs and shipped through couriers as parcels.”

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