Five drug cases busted in June

Two women and four men were arrested and 3,714 capsules of SPseized in five separate cases of illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs last month in Thimphu alone.

The first case was reported on June 2, which led to the arrest to a 29-year-old man from Kalabazaar (Changidaphu). The suspect, from Khaling, was actually involved in a traffic violation. Police found in his possession 73 capsules of SP.

The suspect had hidden the substance, wrapped in paper, in his jacket pocket.

On June 9, Thimphu police apprehended a 28- year-old man from his residence in Olakha who was suspected to peddling illegal substances.

The suspect, from Trashiyangtse, was arrested with 265 capsules of SP and a bottle of cough syrup. The suspect is under detention.

On the afternoon of June 14, Thimphu police arrested a 25-year-old woman from Olakha. The woman, from Samtse, had in her possession of 144 capsules of SP. On searching her apartment, police recovered an additional 753 capsules of SP, and two pieces of N10 tablets. The suspect tested negative on the NDPS  abuse test.

On June 17 the Thimphu police drug crack down team, after receiving a tip off, arrested a 21-year-old Punakha man from Kalabazaar.

He was apprehended from the ground floor of a building and had on him of 360 capsules of SP in a black plastic bag. On questioning, he said he bought the substance from a woman living in the same building.

On searching the woman, police recovered 1687 capsules of SP, 6 bottles of Codeine cough syrup, 78.59 gms of dry marijuana and two pieces of hashish weighing 13.7 gms from her apartment. The 24-year-old woman from Trashigang, as well as the man, has been detained for further investigation.

On June 22, Police arrested a 27-year-old man from Olakha at around 8:45 pm in the evening. He had concealed 432 capsules of SP and a small packet of dry marijuana in his bike helmet.

Of the six suspects, two women tested negative while the four man tested positive.

Since January this year, Thimphu police have registered 43 cases of illicit trafficking of contrabands, one case of illegal possession of drugs and have forwarded 46 abusers to BNCA for Treatment Assessment Program (TAP).

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