Pune Police Alerts Parents About Emoji Codes Used By Drug Dealers, Urges Them Monitor Their Children’s Chats

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Pune, 28th June 2023: Pune city police have recently conducted multiple drug seizures, targeting various locations. Investigations indicate that the culprits involved in these cases are primarily young individuals. Interestingly, it has been discovered that certain emojis are being used by these drug gangs to facilitate their illegal activities. In light of this revelation, the Pune Police has taken to Twitter to inform parents about these emojis and their hidden drug-related meanings. They are urging parents to closely monitor their children’s conversations.

Since the beginning of this year, Pune city police have confiscated drugs in 58 cases, totaling a combined worth of Rs 7.28 crore. The seized narcotics include ganja or marijuana, mephedrone, cocaine, charas, poppy seeds, opium, catha edulis or khat, MDMA (also known as ecstasy), brown sugar, magic mushrooms, charas oil, and LSD. The authorities have made 82 arrests in connection with these cases.

Inspector Vinayak Gaikwad from Pune Police’s anti-narcotics cell noted that during their investigations, it was observed that drug transactions were being conducted through mobile phones, with specific emojis being used in the chats.

The breakdown of the seized drugs in the 58 cases is as follows:

  • 385 kg of ganja worth Rs 77.38 lakh
  • 1.8 kg of mephedrone worth Rs 3.7 crore
  • Cocaine worth Rs 5,83,000
  • Charas worth Rs 42.68 lakh
  • 5 kg of poppy worth Rs 76,000
  • 417 grams of opium worth Rs 8.34 lakh
  • Catha edulis and khat powder worth Rs. 7 lakh
  • LSD stamps worth Rs 1.6 crore
  • Ecstasy pills worth Rs 1.7 lakh
  • 336 grams of brown sugar worth Rs. 40.33 lakhs
  • Psilocybin mushrooms or magic mushrooms worth Rs 1 lakh
  • 29 grams of charas oil worth Rs 3.9 lakh

The Pune Police’s tweet regarding the emojis serves as part of their awareness campaign, coinciding with the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, also known as World Drug Day, observed on June 26. It is one of the many initiatives undertaken by the Pune Police to combat drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.