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NCB warns of drug abuse in Lucknow bars

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The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has launched an awareness campaign against drugs and their harmful effects

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has launched an awareness campaign against drugs and their harmful effects. As part of the campaign, the NCB has put up warnings against drug use, dealing and harboring in around 118 bars and pubs in the state capital.

“This initiative complements the ongoing nationwide campaign launched in December 2021 by law enforcement against drugs,” an NCB official, Lucknow, said.

He said bars and pubs were selected for the awareness campaign because these places were high on the list of drug dealers.

“Warnings have been prominently displayed outside bars and pubs, making it clear that the consumption, trafficking and harboring of narcotics and mind-altering substances is prohibited by law and punishable by imprisonment and a fine,” the official said.

The NCB is responsible for the enforcement of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 (NDPS).

Recently, NCB seized a shipment of 2,400 kilograms of marijuana worth 24 crore from Fatehpur district as it was smuggled from Odisha on April 25. Two consignments of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances smuggled across the Indo-Nepal border in Shravasti and Lakhimpur Kheri districts were seized on 15 February.

In the first seizure, around 3.1 kilograms of charas were seized in Indua village of Shravasti district and a person identified as Dashrath was arrested. In the second seizure, approximately 2700 tablets of alprazolam, illegally sold by a medical store located at Tikunia Bazar in Lakhimpur Kheri were seized and the store owner Krishna Kumar was arrested.

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