Drug mafia: New year parties under surveillance
Kozhikode: In the wake of drug flow into Kerala from neighbouring states, the excise and police departments will keep a watchful eye over DJ parties scheduled in malls and hotels as part of new year celebrations in the state.
The state intelligence department and excise intelligence have observed that drugs in huge quantity have been flowing into the state. In view of this, all new year parties including DJ parties will be under the surveillance of excise and police.
Inspections will be carried out at all the party locations, hotels, restaurants and lodges. It will be also ensured that all hosting houses including bars are closed on time, said VR Anil Kumar, assistant excise commissioner.
Recently, Kozhikode medical college police and district anti-narcotics special action force had jointly nabbed 3 young men with banned drugs like LSD sugar cubes and hashish that were smuggled in to be distributed to students and youngsters. The intelligence report came out after this incident.
According to the information received by police, 38 DJ parties will be held on new year's eve in Kochi alone. Police have also received information that drug mafia might conduct rave parties here. Rave parties for foreigners also may take place.
Peddlers and sellers nabbed by police had revealed during interrogation that drugs seized in recent raids had been brought in view of new year parties in Kochi. The new year day and new year's eve are the peak time of business for drugs. Thus, the mafia will attempt to smuggle maximum quantity of drugs to Kochi. Police have also taken seriously the feasibility of using elderly people, women and children to carry drugs to customers.
Police will take action against hotels and lodges which facilitate drug use illegally. Special teams including district anti-narcotic special action force have been formed to conduct inspections at any time. Chief of police has directed all districts police chiefs to intensify inspections and surveillance in this regard.