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Pharma drugs continue to be peddled in Delhi, over 1K traffickers arrested

Pharma drugs continue to be peddled in Delhi, over 1K traffickers arrested

New Delhi: The trafficking of pharmaceutical drugs has been posing major problem for the security agency in the city. Since 2017, it was found that Ephedrine, Codeine Syrup, Ketamine, MDMA trafficked in national Capital which later seized by Delhi Police after several raids and arrests.

The Police data accessed by Millennium Post claimed that more than 350 kilograms of Ephedrine seized by Delhi Police since 2017 whereas 1120 litres of Codeine Syrup recovered in 2018. As many as 4,000 Ketamine tablets and 3,063 kgs Alprazolam were also recovered this year

The Special Cell of Delhi Police claimed that in 2018, around 3,21,494 Diazepam and 24,250 Nitrazepam tablets were seized while in 2017, MDMA (4.962 kgs) and Meow-Meow (25.852 kgs) drugs were recovered.

In the year 2017, as many as 512 persons arrested for drug trafficking and 376 cases registered whereas in 2018 till November, as many as 446 cases of drug trafficking reported with the arrest of 602 persons.

The investigators claimed that the traffickers sell drugs to youths. "Investigation is going on to see whether chemists are involved in selling drugs to youths," investigators added.

In the year 2017, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police has busted an international illegal drug syndicate indulged in supplying of cough syrup 'Phensydyl' illegally in dry states of North-Eastern India as well as Bangladesh.

Police claimed that Phensedyl cough syrup is used for having cough, common cold, itchy throat/skin, allergy, rhinitis, mild to moderate pain and other conditions and contains Codeine phosphate, which is a narcotic drug and causes addiction when used in large quantities over a period of time. It contains chlorpheniramine maleate, an anti-histaminic, in addition to codeine phosphate, which causes sedation.

In September this year, interstate drug cartel of more than 37,000 Tramadol tablets busted.

According to the investigator, with the help of agents in Delhi, the accused sold medicines to the students for profit. Police claimed that Tramadol is a powerful painkiller. The synthetic opiate is known to be abused on a wide scale to suppress pain and boost strength during injury and induce a sense of euphoria hence, it is also known as the 'fighter drug' among international anti-narcotics authorities.

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