GUWAHATI: The city continues to receive a steady supply of popular party drug crystal meth, as crystal methamphetamine is popularly called, in spite of repeated attempts by the narcotic control agencies to seize consignments of the drug.
Sources in the state excise department said illegal meth factories dot the India-Myanmar border and the drug makes its way to the city through Barak Valley via Mizoram. In the past one month alone, over 3.93 lakh tablets of crystal meth were seized from various areas of Assam and Mizoram in separate operations. Several persons, including Myanmar nationals, were arrested.
“The seized tablets are worth Rs 6 crore. Huge money is involved in the deals,” an excise department source said. “Crystal methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people snort, smoke or inject. Some even take it orally,” a test revealed.
Usually, its effects last from six to eight hours, but they can also last up to 24 hours. The drug, also called crystal, glass, ice and crypto, is sold in crushed or pill form. Last year, the police commissionerate here issued a lookout notice for at least seven drug peddlers. None has been arrested yet.