To detect illegal poppy cultivation, NCB uses satellite images

In a bid to identify illegal poppy cultivation in West Bengal, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has resorted to the use of satellite imagery. Nearly 2,100 acre of illegal poppy cultivation has been destroyed by the new system in Birbhum, Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia districts.

Opium extracted from the cultivation is converted to crude heroin in Murshidabad district, said an NCB official, adding that there has been a rise in the trafficking of the contraband from areas like Bongaon in North 24 Parganas, besides Lalgola and Plassey. Kolkata, Asansol and Raniganj comprise the major drug consuming areas in the state, added the official.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion of 'International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking' , NCB Zonal Director K Shankar said a narcotics scanner would be set up at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport to curb drug smuggling.

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