Cocaine being sold on the “dark web”, party drugs on Instagram and coded interactions with drug mules online — these will be among issues addressed by the Narcotics Central Bureau (NCB) as eight Delhi Police personnel join its ranks.
Police officers who have been recruited into the NCB include Additional DCP K P S Malhotra, six personnel from the Crime Branch, and one from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Malhotra, who joined the NCB Monday, has previously been a part of the Cyber Cell and Crime Branch.
“Narco gangs fund terror outfits and our aim is to bust that dimension. The ‘dark web’ is where the narcotics business thrives as it’s all based on anonymity. When a person contacts a peddler, it can be tracked down. But that’s not the case with the dark web. Cocaine is mostly sold on the dark web,” an officer said.
The source said that emphasis will also be on social media websites, especially Instagram, which can be misused by some to further their narcotics businesses. “Instagram and Facebook are not where drugs are sold, but where networks are formed. It’s where users slyly advertise interest, mostly in party drugs such as LSD and cocaine,” the officer said.
A police officer who has been attached to the NCB said: “We are not here for a specific operation but to provide support for technical upgradation, analysis of data as well as manpower support.”
Another police officer said that most of the eight recruits are from the Crime Branch and are well-versed with technical know-how, which is why they were transferred to the NCB. The officer said that such transfers “help departments gain through each other’s experience”.
Meanwhile, the NCB released data of narcotics seizures done between August 1 and November 15 across the country — 10,223 kg ganja, 61 kg heroin, 73 kg opium and 11.8 kg cocaine, among others.
As per the data, 94 cases were reported in the time frame, and 126 Indian nationals and 28 foreign nationals were arrested.