Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched a massive operation to disrupt, degrade and dismantle drug networks with international linkages in the country. Under Operation GARUDA, CBI aims to dismantle the drug cartels through the rapid exchange of criminal intelligence on trafficking in coordination with law enforcement actions across international jurisdictions through INTERPOL.
This global operation was initiated in close coordination with INTERPOL and Narcotics Control Bureau, for combating the smuggling of illicit drugs and psychotropic substances, with a special focus on Indian Ocean Region. Drug trafficking networks with international linkages require law enforcement cooperation across international jurisdictions.
Operation GARUDA seeks to target drug networks with international footprints for action against handlers, operatives, production zones, and support elements. CBI and NCB have been closely coordinating with all States/UTs Police agencies for information exchange, analysis, and development of operational information.
During Operation GARUDA, searches, seizures, and arrests were carried out across multiple States/UT in India. Apart from CBI and NCB, 08 States/UT Police including Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi & Manipur have also participated in this Operation.
During this Special Operation from several State Police forces including Punjab, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Maharashtra, and NCB, around 6600 Suspects/Persons were checked; 127 new cases were registered. Around 175 persons including 6 Absconders/Proclaimed Offenders were arrested.
Illicit Drugs and Psychotropic Substances including 5.125 Kg (approx) Heroin; 33.936 Kg (approx) Ganja; 3.29 Kg (approx) Charas; 1365 gm (approx) Mephedrone; 33.80 (approx) Smack; around 87 Tablets, 122 Injections & 87 syringes of Buprenorphine; 946 Tablets (approx) Alpazolam; (105.997 Kg approx) Tramadol; 10 gm (approx) Hash oil; 0.9 gm (approx) Ecstasy pills; 1.150 Kg (approx) Opium; 30 Kg (approx) Poppy Husk; 1.437 Kg (approx) Intoxicant powder & 11039 (approx) Pills/Capsules, were recovered.
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