Mandrex hit among S African tourists in Goa

PTI, PANAJI | 18 June 2012 22:44 IST

Admitting to growing problem of narcotics trade in the state, Goa police has said increasing supply of mandrax drug from China, competing with other synthetic drugs, is infesting the tourism-prone coastline.

The drug, which is mainly sold in the form of tablets, is a hit amongst South African nationals who come to holiday on the beaches of Goa, according to a report by Goa police submitted before state Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Mandrax is a drug sourced from Chinese market along with some domestic ones, the report said.

According to anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of Goa police, cannabis, hashish and ganja are routed from Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir and Nepal into the state clandestinely and then sold to the tourists.

Four Indian states – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, are sources of opium, a drug prepared from the dried latex of poppy.

Heroin, the most commonly known drug, is routed in Goa from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asian Republic, Uzbekistan and Colombia while synthetic drug like LSD is routed from South America and Ecstasy from Holland, Germany and the USA, the report said.

Police have identified places like Anjuna, Vagator, Chapora, Calangute, Arambol and Palolem, which are the main destinations frequented by foreign tourists, as "areas of drug trafficking".

The report says that drugs are paddled in places like night clubs, flea market, night markets, music parties, bars, restaurants and beach shacks.

Police records state that 64 foreigners were arrested for possessing drugs from 2010 till date, of which the maximum held were from Nigeria and Nepal.

Besides, 25 Nigerians and 12 Nepalese were arrested by the ANC, which has also arrested 85 Indians during the same period.

Interestingly, the number of Goan residents is the highest amongst the locals arrested for narcotics trade with 35 localites held during the last three years. 

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Very good article and a good wake up call. Hope the Parikar Govt will do something for the Goan youth. Our society as a whole should come forward and raise our children, it takes a village to raise a child, but we are so consumed with gaining wealth and pleasure that we fail as a community, we fail as parents and we fail as elders, our children look at us for advise, guidance, protection, hope and wisdom, are we giving it to them....are our lives bound by faith in God or by materialism...are we following God commandments... no we all want to line our own pockets by whatever means, in the bargain, who suffers, our youth, our children, the poor widows, the elderly, the weak, the helpless.....

Anand

- anand, Dubai | 20 th June 2012 02:08

 

It is shocking that the local Goans are the highest no of offenders in drug trade ! The night clubs,shacks,discos,pubs,rave parties in the beach area are the breeding grounds for our kids going astray....its a wake up call to all Goan parents,before it is too late . Why no one is interested in starting a site on Facebook against what is going on ? or are they only after cheap publicity? Here ,our kids are openly going to dogs. Our good name of Goa is spoiled beyond repairs...and nobody is bothered .I am a mother of three kids -a son and two daughters .All of them are dropouts.They do not wish to work. they get up in the evening ...party all night and if at all they return,they return in the early hrs of morning...dead boozed or stoned !I lost my hubby in an accident by a speeding mobike..a drunk Goan youth killed him ,for no fault of him. I am a widow and my kids squeeze me for money...its all because of our permissive culture.Goa save Goa ...and unfortunate mothers like me.Many wd blame me for this mess,but I was in the Gulf slogging supporting their convent education ! but I failed miserably ! WAKE UP MOTHERS !

- an unfortunate Goan mother, salcette | 19 th June 2012 11:52

 

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