The beginning of the tourist season in Goa also marks the beginning of increased drug peddling from the northern parts of India to the coastal state. Belgaum, the border district in Karnataka, has long been the ideal transit route for the drug peddlers.
Drugs worth Rs 60 crore were seized last year while this year till now more than 15 have been arrested, including some foreign nationals. Now, with the beginning of the tourist season in Goa, focus has shifted to Belgaum as well. Drug peddlers arrested here last year had indicated during interrogation that the drugs were meant for export to foreign destinations from Goa, while part of the quantity would also trickle down for local consumption.
Last year’s experience has forced the police to be on their toes now to check the flow of drugs from Belgaum and look out for any tip offs