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The main kingpin in drug trade in Goa is yet to be identified: CM Pramod Sawant

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Porvorim: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant told the House that the investigating agencies have not been able to track down the main kingpin in the drugs trade in the State while investigations are on depending on the persons who are arrested.

The chief minister was responding to a question tabled on the floor of the House by Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat who had expressed worry about increasing number of Goans being arrested for paddling narcotics.

“We are trying to find out the main supplier in the drugs trade. We are yet to identify the main supplier. Anti Narcotics Cell is investigating it,” Sawant told the ongoing Session of Goa Legislative Assembly.

He said that banned substances like Ganja and Charas is mainly paddled in Goa, which is brought from the neighbouring States, while there is no growth of those products found in the State.

“Drugs are not cultivated in Goa. Only one case was registered by Anti Narcotic Cell where banned product was found to be cultivated in Goa,” the chief minister, who also holds Home portfolio, told the House.

Sawant conceded on the floor of the House that the Goan youth in the age group of 20 to 35 were arrested in various cases for paddling drugs, which is alarming. “They (Goan youth) get into it to make little money and then fall into bigger trouble,” he stated.

He said that Anti Narcotic Cell is keeping a close watch on the drug trade.

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