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Drugs: India's Anti-Narcotics Agencies Busted 8 Illicit Drug Factories Manufacturing Party Drugs

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January 22
4:42 AM 2016

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence of India has busted a total of eight illicit drug factories across the country over the last year. That discoveries come with at least 11 other drug cartels in a series of nationwide anti-narcotics raid. The breakthrough finding posed big concerns with the unravelling that party drugs spreading in India aren't actually being smuggled from other countries, but instead being manufactured inside the country.

In fact, the party drugs are manufactured at an industrial scale on illegal drug factories across the country. An investigation by India Today revealed that the illegal factories that manufacture the party drugs actually have obtained the license to manufacture general medicines. That license gives access to the illegal factories to obtained the substances, materials, as well as the pieces of equipment to produce the party drugs.

The desolating part of the discovery is that the drug factories manufacturing drugs already have a ready consumer base. They are being distributed to big party circuits in India. Even worse, some of the drug factories and cartels being busted were based in places like Dehradun and Mt Abu, places with a high student population and boarding schools, as reported by The Times of India. That indicates the consumer base of the party drugs to be students and youngsters.

The popular party drugs with high demand in India are cheaper psychotropic drugs such as ecstasy, ketamine, meow meow, ice, and cat valium. The latest illegal drug factory in December have found 64kg of ketamine in Bhiwadi, near the capital Delhi. 

Other than the easiness to obtain, the cheap price of the party drugs contribute to its widespread. It is reported that a tablet of ecstasy or a capsule of ice or meow meow comes cheaper than the street price of cocaine while they give a similar high.

The next step for the anti-narcotics move in India is to trace back to the source of the drug-making chemicals. The agencies can conduct a profiling of the chemicals from Centre for Forensic Laboratory (CFL) to determine where the chemical was manufactured. It is also believed that many big Indian pharmaceutical companies are also involved in the diversion of the chemicals used by the drug cartels.

On the other hand, as many as 5 medicine drug manufacturers of India has been slammed over quality concerns and compliance with manufacturing practices by the US FDA, according to India Info Line. India's pharmacies exports to the US fell significantly in the last year, as well to other countries. 

The drug manufacturers busts have opened the people of India's awareness that the dangerous industry is not as far as they think it is. In fact, they are right at home in their own country. And in order to cleanse the generation from drugs, the agencies also face challenges dealing with the massive demand which also helped the dirty business to flourish in the country.

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