16923 kgs narcotics recovered in J&K in 2017, 1213 arrested

Over 16,900 kgs of narcotics including 140 kgs of heroin and 374 kgs of cannabis items were seized and 1,213 people were arrested in 888 cases during anti-drug drives in 2017 in Jammu and Kashmir, the state police said on Tuesday.
“We have launched a war against drugs and drug peddlers across the state. A total of 1213 persons have been arrested in 888 cases registered against drug peddlers (in 2017),” Director General of Police (DGP) J&K, S P Vaid said in a tweet.
He said that 147 kgs of cannabis, 8,259 kgs of poppy, 140 kgs of heroin or brown sugar, 201 kgs of ganja were seized by the police during the period.
Similarly, 24,7341 intoxicant capsules and tablets besides 8,149 kgs of opium derivatives, 12,913 codeine phosphate bottles and 1,285 injections were also seized, he said.
Earlier on many occasions, Vaid had said that drugs are bigger threat than militancy, we are waging a war against it and we seek people?s cooperation in eradicating it from the state
While highlighting the ill effects of drug abuse during his interaction with civil society at both the places, the DGP had said that drugs is bigger threat than ?terrorism? and added that Jammu and Kashmir police is waging a war against it and sought the cooperation of the people in eradicating it from the state.