Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)
India is the world's only source of opium gum for legitimate pharmaceutical use. Indian counternarcotics officers are a small force compared to the size of the country and the level of trafficking. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) continues to have only 375 regular employees nationwide. The Central Bureau of Narcotics (CBN) and the NCB, responsible respectively for coordinating licit and illicit drug control policies, have sought to reduce trafficking. Paramilitary and police personnel are deployed at vulnerable points during lancing operations to prevent diversion of licit opium. NCB officials have not always received the budgetary support needed to conduct a strong counternarcotics program.
Media reports allege corruption among police, government officials, and local politicians in a wide range of governmental activities, but successful prosecutions are rare. Criminal courts release some drug defendants without explanation or on weak legal grounds and false medical considerations. The USG receives reports of narcotics-linked corruption, but cannot independently verify the extent. No senior-level politician or bureaucrat has been accused of narcotics- related corruption.
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