Panaji: In the last two and half months, the Goa police have arrested six repeat offenders in drugs cases. Incidentally, all of them are Nigerian nationals.
The Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) has arrested four such accused persons, who were previously arrested in drugs cases and were out on bail. One among them was involved in two different drugs cases, the police said. Similarly, the Crime Branch police and Calangute police have arrested one such accused each.
Drugs worth over Rs 3.17 crore were seized in the six different cases. The biggest seizure was made by the Calangute police wherein drugs valued at Rs 3 crore were seized, which according to the police nearly dried the drugs supply in the coastal belt.
Sources claimed that owing to the biggest ever bust, suspected drug peddlers are reportedly avoiding the Calangute region for dealings in drugs. Many of the alleged drug peddlers, especially in the coastal region are suspected to have gone underground owing to the increased surveillance and enforcement, said a police officer. According to the police, the Nigerian nationals, who are repeat offenders in drug cases, do not have valid travel documents. Even when such foreign nationals are out on bail, owing to technical reasons, they cannot be lodged in the foreigners’ detention centre at Mapusa, as it amounts to double custody, said a police officer adding that they can be lodged only when the case is disposed.
So far, the police have booked over 202 drug cases in which 222 accused persons have been arrested. As per information, the Crime Branch police, the district police as well as the ANC police are keeping a watch over the activities of alleged drug peddlers, who were earlier arrested and are out on bail.
According to the police, the drive against drug menace is aimed at pushing the drug peddlers to the wall. Their activities are being monitored including their source of income, claimed the police. Owing to the drive, some peddlers, mostly foreign nationals, are underground or have left the state and are not traceable.