Capital police register 1738 narcotics cases, 1787 arrested

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Islamabad—Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police have registered 1738 narcotics related cases and apprehended 1787 accused during last five years. During the period, capital police also seized 1965 kg charas, 165 kg heroin and 74 kg opium.
A year-wise break-up of five years showed on Sunday that in 2012 total 518 cases were registered and 530 accused were arrested while recovery of drugs was 361 kg charas, 65 kg heroin and 32 kg opium.
In 2013, the authorities registered 361 cases, apprehended 376 accused and size of recovered drugs was 824 kg charas, 30 kg heroin and 36 kg opium.
Similarly, the year 2014 witnessed registration of 318 cases and 327 arrests and recovery size was 239 kg charas, 24 kg heroin and 0.745 kg opium while during year 2015 capital police registered 314 cases with 318 arrests and size of seizure drugs included 390 kg charas, 32 kg heroin and 3.48 kg opium.
The authorities concerned registered 227 cases in 2016 so far and nabbed 236 accused, besides, seizing 151 kg charas, 13.48 kg heroin and 1.52 kg opium.
Meanwhile, with regards to steps being taken by Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) to control smuggling of narcotics in the country, the data revealed that number of ANF police stations have been increased from 25 to 29 while deployment of ANF personnel have been made at all international airports, seaports and dry ports to counter narcotics trafficking through passengers and goods.—APP