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India will be increasingly key to Asian drug cartels

Friday, September 10, 2021


The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned that India’s north-east is becoming a major hub for the regional drug trade. Asian drug cartels have long relied on India as a source of drug precursors, the chemicals used in narcotics manufacture.


  • Pandemic-related hardship will prompt a rise in consumption of relatively cheap drugs such as methamphetamine in the region.
  • Drug cartels based in India and elsewhere in South and South-east Asia will rely increasingly on online platforms to conduct their business.
  • The different states in India’s north-east will struggle to coordinate their efforts to crack down on drug trafficking.
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