Vikash Sharma

The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha arrested two persons including an interstate drugs peddler following a raid with local police at Talcher in Angul district on Tuesday.  The accused have been identified as Rakibul Sekh (43) of Murshidabad in West Bengal and Bijay Birbarma (26) of Trinath Colony area in Angul district.

The STF officials seized brown sugar (Heroin) weighing more than 1.1 Kg (1120 gram) and other incriminating materials from their possession.

How Brown Sugar Enters Odisha?

Senior Odisha STF officials said that Brown sugar is a local/ crude version of Heroin (chemical name- Di- acetyl Morphine). 

In Odisha, it is generally trafficked by peddlers from Murshidabad- Nadia-Burdwan districts of West Bengal via Midnapore-Jaleswar in Odisha using road or rail route.

Sources said Lalgola area of Murshidabad is considered to be hub of the Brown sugar production. 

Locally available/ grown opium and easily available chemicals like Acetic anhydride (locally popular as “Pani” in Murshidabad area) makes production of Brown sugar easy in this area.

Brown Sugar Vs Ganja

Of late, drugs peddlers are now opting for Brown Sugar as Ganja is voluminor and requires a lot of space for transportation. Brown Sugar, on the other hand, is easy for trafficking as it is very less in volume and weight. 

The Brown Sugar doesn’t have any specific smell like Ganja and hence it makes the job of law enforcement agencies difficult.

Brown Sugar is a prohibited narcotic drug under NDPS Act, 1985. There is a provision of punishment of 10 to 20 years for manufacturing/ possessing/selling/ purchasing/ transporting/ importing/ exporting/ using of Heroin/ Brown-Sugar in commercial quantity.

Similarly, for medium quantity, one can land in jail up to 10 years and fine and 1 years of imprisonment and fine for being caught with small quantity of brown sugar.