10% of drug traffickers are women: DGP

Shillong, Mar 5: Ten per cent of drug traffickers in Meghalaya are women, according to the DGP, LR Bishnoi.

Addressing a press conference, the DGP said that 610 persons were arrested from 2022 to 2024. Of this, 234 persons were arrested in 2022, 355 in 2023 and 25 in 2024. 10% of the arrested persons are women traffickers.


He said drugs worth over Rs 300 crore have been seized in Meghalaya during the last two years but the the problem is serious in view of the state’s close proximity with the Golden Triangle.

“Nearly Rs 300 crore drugs have been recovered during the last two years of which Rs 75 crore drugs were recovered in 2022, Rs 170 crore in 2023 and Rs 21 crore during the first two months of 2024,” Bishnoi said.

A total of 26 kgs of heroin were seized in the last two years. This includes 7.5 kgs of heroin in 2022, 16.3kgs in 2023 and nearly 1 kg heroin in January-February, 2024.

The recovery of marijuana by the Ri Bhoi police has increased to 4,750 kgs in 2024 from 1400 kgs in 2023 and 3987 kgs in 2022.

The DGP felicitated the Ri Bhoi police for their achievement in seizing first grade ganja on Sunday.

“The initial point of 4750 kgs of pure grade marijuana seized by the police in Ri Bhoi was Tripura and from there, the carrier was passing through Meghalaya and we were able to nab the culprits and now the case is under investigation,” he said.

The recovery of yaba tablets has also increased during the period in which nearly 19000 tablets were recovered in 2022, 60,000 tablets in 2023 and 2000 tablets in 2024.  The seizure of other psychotropic tablets include 16928 in 2022, 32,298 in 2023, and 600 in 2024.

Also for the first time, police have also recovered 14.2kg of crystal meth worth Rs 1.5 crore.

116 NDPS cases were registered in 2022 and this has gone up to 189 in 2023 while 13 cases have already been registered during the first two months of 2024.

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