The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), along with Interpol and state police, conducted the extensive operation known as Operation Garuda to bust drug cartels with connections to other countries around India.
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), along with Interpol and state police, conducted the extensive operation known as Operation Garuda to bust drug cartels with connections to other countries around India. 127 cases were registered nationwide, and 175 people were taken into custody throughout the operation.
Operation Garuda to end drug network
“Operation Garuda” was an effort by the CBI to “disrupt, degrade, and dismantle” drug networks with international links. The agency carried out the operation using Interpol’s resource to monitor the swift exchange of criminal intelligence regarding drug trafficking. To stop the smuggling of illegal drugs and psychotropic substances, a global operation was launched in close cooperation with Interpol and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), with specific focus on the Indian Ocean Region.
In order to take action against handlers, operatives, production zones, and support elements, the operation targeted drug networks with global reach. The CBI and NCB collaborated with the police forces of every state and union territory to exchange information, conduct analyses, and create operational information.
At several places, searches, seizures, and arrests were made across the country throughout the operation. Along with the CBI and NCB, this operation also included the participation of the police forces from eight different states and union territories, including Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Manipur.
127 new cases were registered after around 6,600 suspects were checked. A total of 175 people were detained, including six proclaimed offenders and absconders.
The drugs that were seized during the operation included 5.1 kg of heroin, 33.4 kg of marijuana, and 3.29 kg of charas. The illicit drugs and psychotropic substances that were seized also include 1365 grams of mephedrone, 33.8 grams of smack, around 87 tablets, 122 injections, and 87 syringes of buprenorphine, 946 tablets of alprazolam, around 106 kg of tramadol, 10 g of hash oil, 0.9 gm of ecstasy pills, 1.15 kg of opium, 30 kg of poppy husk, 1.43 kg of intoxicant powder, and 11039 pills and capsules.