To detect illegal poppy cultivation, NCB uses satellite images
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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.
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