Kochi: The state excise department has revealed shocking report on drug mafia network in Kerala. Last year, excise officials seized drugs worth Rs 3.40 crore from students and on premises of educational institutions. 82 percent of the seized drugs, costing Rs 2.81 crore, was seized from Ernakulam district.
At the same time, Thiruvananthapuram comes second in the list of places from where huge quantity of drugs were seized. Drugs worth Rs 43 lakh was raided from Thiruvananthapuram. Raids in other districts are recorded as Kollam- Rs 3,21,835 lakh, Pathanamthitta- Rs 1,60,000 lakh, Alappuzha – Rs 3,63,200 lakh, Kottayam- Rs 30,000, Idukki –Rs 84,400, Palakkad-Rs 5,25,000 lakh, Malappuram – Rs 42,000, Kozhikode – Rs 64,150 and Kannur –Rs 16,000.
Meanwhile, drug products were not seized from students and on the premises of schools in Thrissur and Wayanad.
Excise has nabbed 77 people below 18 years in connection with drug cases in 2018. 495 people were arrested for selling drugs on school and college premises.
The excise has received discrete information that drug peddlers are trying to turn students as drug carriers. The latest reports also confirmed this information.
Ernakulam deputy excise commissioner Jacob John stated that excise shadow wing and intelligence wing are inspecting schools to trace drug sale.
“In every school, one excise official is appointed to review the intervention of drug mafia among students. These officials are giving reports after consulting the school authority,” he added.