Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh): Cannabis (Ganja) is being cultivated illegally on a large scale in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam, an investigation by Eenadu network has found. According to the investigation, the illegal crop is being cultivated on more than 15,000 acres of land on the Andhra-Odisha border (AOB).
An unofficial estimate is that Rs8,000 crores worth of cannabis grown here annually is smuggled inside and outside of the country. Its value in the national and international market is over Rs25,000 crores. Drug gangs from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are playing a key role in cultivating this crop in Visakhapatnam and moving it to other parts of the country.
Over the years, people from various districts in Andhra Pradesh have become active in supplying ganja. The police and Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) officers though catch a small amount of illegal ganja transport, they are not able to crack down on the real suppliers. They can catch only 2-3 per cent of thousands of tonnes of marijuana being smuggled across the state by road and rail transport.