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  • 30 September, 2022

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Operation Garuda

Operation Garuda

  • The Central Bureau of Investigation has launched 'Operation Garuda,' a multi-phase operation against an illicit drug trafficking network, registering 127 new cases, arresting 175 people, and seizing massive amounts of narcotic drugs.

Regarding 'Operation Garuda,'

  • It was established in close collaboration with Interpol and the Narcotics Control Bureau to combat the smuggling of illegal drugs and psychotropic substances, with a particular emphasis on the Indian Ocean region.
  • Drug trafficking networks with international connections necessitate international law enforcement cooperation.
  • It aims to disrupt, degrade, and dismantle international drug networks through the rapid exchange of criminal intelligence on drug trafficking and coordinated law enforcement actions across international jurisdictions via Interpol.

What is drug trafficking?

  • It is a global illegal trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of substances prohibited by drug laws. India's vulnerability
  • India is vulnerable to narcotic drug trafficking due to its location between the world's two largest opium producing regions, the Golden Crescent in the west and the Golden Triangle in the east.
  • Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan make up South Asia's Golden Crescent region.
  • The Golden Triangle is the area where Thailand's, Laos', and Myanmar's borders meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers.
  • These two areas are known as the world's major opium production regions.
  • According to the World Drug Report 2022, India has the highest number of opiate users in the world, and this trend is expected to continue as trafficking increases.

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