Fifteen persons were arrested by police in the last two days from Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam districts with large quantity of the dreaded MDMA drug and cannabis.
Of the 15 persons arrested by the police, three are young women who are drug addicts as well as traffickers. Out of the six persons held at Kochi, four were from Lakshadweep islands. Ummer, a Lakshadweep resident, who was arrested by the police was carrying 190 gram cannabis meant for transporting to the islands. It was based on his disclosures that three more island residents and a woman were arrested. The team was carrying 155 gram cannabis and MDMA costing lakhs in international market.
The increase in the involvement of women, especially young women, in narcotics smuggling have shocked the Police. “They are converted into junkies and are being used as couriers to transport the material. All the women who were held during the last two days were addicts as well as junkies,” said a member of the investigation team.
It may be noted that a teacher in a high profile public school in Ernakulam had been arrested recently for possessing cannabis and MDMA meant for sales. The arrest of Lakshadweep residents in large numbers in connection with narcotics smuggling has strengthened the theory that the islands too have become a transit point for drugs trade.
Sources in the intelligence wing of the Kerala Police said that they were probing the links between narcotics smugglers and terrorist organisations operating in Kerala.
It is a known fact that drug traffickers enjoy political patronage in Kerala. A minister’s name is already in the news for his involvement in tampering with evidence to save an Australian drug trafficker from a smuggling case. The Kerala High Court on Friday took strong umbrage over the tardy progress in the case filed against the minister under charges of destroying the evidence and helping the accused to escape from the case. The case was filed by the police following an Interpol alert to the CBI which in turn asked the Kerala Police to pursue the matter.