AP fights to stifle ganja commerce; Hashish smugglers make new of enterprise – NewsMeter

Have you ever heard of ganja smugglers working their enterprise via an e-commerce web site? Nicely, that’s taking place in Andhra Pradesh. Whereas the Particular Enforcement Bureau (SEB) is cracking down on hashish smuggling, smugglers are arising with completely different modus operandi. The SEB and the Rural police have seized 1.20 lakh kg of ganja, in all probability the best seizure within the nation, in 1,087 circumstances.
In a single such case, the SEB busted a ganja smuggling racket that was working via Amazon. Ganja was being bought on-line from Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. The SEB officers seized 48 kg of ganja from the primary accused, Srinivasa Rao, and his son Mohan Raju who have been working out of a rented home within the Kancharapalem space of Vizag. They have been supplying ganja to on-line distributors who have been promoting stevia leaves when in actuality they have been additionally promoting ganja. “We’ve arrested eight individuals up to now and are looking for one most-wanted smuggler. We discovered that they’ve been working their enterprise via an e-commerce web site for about six months and have bought practically 800 kg ganja. Smuggling via e-commerce websites is the brand new modus operandi and we try to crackdown on ganja smuggling,” stated SEB joint director S. Satish Kumar.
Straightforward option to make cash
Visakhapatnam company is the most important base for ganja cultivation and smuggling to completely different states and nations. In 2021, the AP police arrested 4,606 individuals from 16 states throughout the nation for his or her involvement in ganja smuggling. Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra, and Karnataka are the highest 5 states from the place ganja smugglers are working. The variety of circumstances below the Narcotic Medicine and Psychotropic Substances Act in Andhra Pradesh doubled in 2021 when in comparison with 2020.
Talking to NewsMeter, Mr. Satish Kumar stated, “For a lot of within the company space, ganja cultivation has change into the best method of incomes fast cash. From one acre land, they’ll earn upto Rs. 5-6 lakh. These tribals are additionally getting monetary assist for the crop from buyers in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.”
Tribal youth play a significant position in transporting ganja from the company border to different states. They’re paid Rs. 5,000 for one time.
Police crackdown and Operation Parivartana

Through the years, the AP police in coordination with the police from Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, and some different states have nabbed some key individuals within the ganja commerce and managed to neutralize organized networks. “The Particular Enforcement Bureau, with the help of varied departments, has destroyed ganja crop in additional than 7,500 acres of land in numerous tribal pockets of Vizag company. The SEB launched a mixed operation even within the Maoist-affected areas and succeeded to a big extent. Other than the arrest of ganja smugglers and destruction of the ganja crops, we’ve got recognized and profiled ganja smugglers working from different states by analyzing technical and human intelligence,” stated Andhra Pradesh director-general of police D. Gautam Sawang.
The AP police’s coordinated operation to root out ganja cultivation and smuggling has even caught the eye of the Union authorities which goes to launch an AP mannequin operation throughout the nation to curb the medicine commerce.

The state police additionally launched ‘Operation Parivartana’ with an intention to root out ganja cultivation within the tribal pockets of the district and encourage the tribals to go for various, worthwhile crops reminiscent of ginger, turmeric, and horticulture.