Peddapalli: A smuggling racket unearthed by Godavarikhani police recently revealed that students are being targeted by ganja peddlers.
Smugglers are targeting students since they have money to buy ganja. There has been a rise in such incidents in Godavarikhani Municipal Corporation limits and its surroundings.
The coal belt town houses a number of educational institutions, including Intermediate, degree and engineering colleges, and hundreds of students from surrounding areas come to the town for the purpose.
While parents give pocket money to their wards for transportation and other expenses, some of the students use the money to buy drugs.
On March 19, local police detained three persons – Kamerla Shyam, Ramagiri Agni and Nalimela Vinod – and seized 2.1 kg ganja.
According to police sources, the gang used to bring ganja from Bhadrachalam forest area and sell it in the coal belt area in small packets weighing 10 gram.
Students, addicted to ganja, contact paddlers over phone and order for more packets. They smoke it by stuffing it in cigarettes.
A Mahender Reddy, Circle Inspector, Godavarikhani, told Telangana Today that phone numbers of several students were found with the gang members.
The gang used to buy 5 kg ganja by spending Rs 4,000. Later, they would pack it in small packets (each weighing 10 gram) and sell each packet for Rs 200.
Task Force police of Ramagundam Police Commissionerate have arrested seven ganja peddlers and seized 31 kg ganja in last two and a half months.