June 5, 2011 12:21:35 am
There are only three offences registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act since 2008 in Koregaon Park area but there are many in the city,including policemen,who feel this is just the tip of the iceberg and is not reflective of the actual narcotics trade in the plush area.
The area has been tagged with trade,sale and consumption of narcotics for long.
Police sources say though the cases registered after 2008 are few,most narcotics offences in the city have a KP connection. They feel KP is a major narcotics consumer base as it has a significant population that is well off and has large number of foreigners and students. The drug trade in the area is believed to have taken a hit after surveillance and patrolling were intensified following the German Bakery blast.
KP continues to be a passage for peddlers,police sources say.
Satish Devre,an inspector with Anti-narcotics Cell (ANC) of Pune polices Economic Offences Wing,says,People believe that drug trade here is rampant. That is an image created in the past. Weve been able to control these activities. Since 2008,three cases have been registered in the matter. In 2008 and 2010,we seized a significant amount of charas from some people. In the third case,we seized cocaine worth Rs 2.5 lakh from an MBA graduate.
He added,We have a list of 28 criminals on record. We regularly carry out checks in their houses and spots where they are known to frequent,with the help of our sniffer dog,Jay.
ANC sources,on the condition of anonymity,said,There are fixed routes from where Pune gets its supply of contraband drugs. Ganja comes from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh via Latur and Solapur. The routes inevitably pass through KP as dealers,peddlers,frontmen and consumers are in plenty. Opium comes from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh… Cocaine is routed from Mumbai and brown sugar from Mandsaur and other towns in Madhya Pradesh. Charas comes from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, an officer said.
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