Hyderabad: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Hyderabad sub- zonal unit, busted a major ganja trafficking network and seized more than two tonnes of ganja and arrested four persons.

A team of NCB Hyderabad and NCB Bangalore intercepted a truck near Pedda Amberpet Toll Plaza in Hyderabad on 20 June and seized more than 2,000 kg of ganja. The ganja was concealed between loads of raw cashew nut shells in 1,080 packets weighing approximately two kg each.

This method of packing ganja in two kg compressed bricks is typical of ganja sourced from the Andhra-Odisha border area, the NCB officials said. The ganja was being transported to Pune, Maharashtra, that was to be distributed in Pune and Mumbai. Four persons from Maharashtra's Osmanabad district – K. Kale, S. Kale, C. Kale, and B. Dhoralkar - were arrested.

Ganja cultivation in India is largely concentrated around the Andhra-Odisha border areas. Ganja from this region finds its way to all over the country, including Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and West Bengal. It is smuggled across the ocean to Sri Lanka, too. Difficult terrain and inaccessibility make this area difficult for law enforcement agencies to conduct periodic destruction of illicit grown ganja.

Other major ganja cultivation regions in India are the hilly terrains of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Further, the north eastern states are also suitable for ganja cultivation due to their favorable climatic conditions and inaccessible areas.

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