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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police has made a record seizure of over 1292 quintal of ganja this year, the highest in the State in the last 10 years.

Till November 30 this year, the police have seized over 1292 quintal of ganja from across the State. This is more than double the seizure in any year over the past decade, said a statement issued by the police.

During the last 12 months, 618 quintals of ganja were seized in the State while the seizure was 523 quintals in 2018 and 304 quintals in 2017 respectively. The police had seized 428 quintals in 2016 and 198 quintals in 2015.

The Police said the record seizure is a result of special drive and efforts made by them to counter drug trafficking as it poses serious challenge.

“Because of special emphasis given to counter drug trafficking by Government, in the current year Odisha Police launched special drives and made special effort to counter drug trafficking including Cannabis/Ganja trafficking,” the statement said.

Out of the total seizure this year, Koraput district reported maximum seizure of 528 quintals of cannabis. Besides, huge quantities of ganja were seized from Malkangiri and Gajapati districts.

Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay has issued appreciation for SPs of Malkangiri, Koraput and Gajapati for the crackdown on ganja trade. Besides, many other subordinate officers were rewarded by the top cop.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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