A global report suggests that India is actively smuggling drugs to Europe and North America through established transit routes, solidifying its position as a major player in the international drug trade.
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has reported that India is strategically using its eastern borders for procuring narcotics, contributing significantly to the global drug trade.
India is allegedly funneling products into illicit networks through its pharmaceutical and chemical industries, as highlighted in recent INCB reports.
INCB reports indicate that India is obtaining drugs worth over $650 billion at a lower cost through Afghanistan.
The US State Department's recent report revealed that India is a leading supplier of chemicals crucial for producing synthetic drugs such as fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Sources suggest that the country’s pharmaceutical industry has played a significant role in promoting drug usage within its territory.
Reports also indicated that India is using drones for drug smuggling, expanding the reach of drug trafficking operations, particularly in neighboring Pakistan.
The international community is now referring to India's covert involvement in the global drug trade as the 'Golden Drug Silk Route'.
The INCB Annual Report for 2021 identifies India as the leading producer and trader of drugs on the darknet.