Shimla: Police in Shimla district recovered 5.170 Kgs of freshly harvested charas from one Ravinder Kumar a resident of Moeiuda village in Sonepath district in Haryana.
Investigating officer Babu Ram at Jubbal police station disclosed that the contraband drug was recovered from Ravinder Kumar during a naka at temple township of Hatkoti at 5.10 a.m.
Only last week, police in Sirmaur during a security check up had found a Mumbai woman and her companion carrying 10.5 Kgs of charas at Kala Amb border post.
Marijuana plants, the resin of which is extracted for making charas, grows extensively in the Himalayas though drug traders have turned to cultivating it illegally after laws were enacted from 1960s onwards for declaring it a contraband.
Police official believe that the Himachal Pradesh is the countryâ€™s largest producer of charaâ€™s, much of which is smuggled for drug abuse within and outside the country.
In fact, the charas from hills in Parvati valley in Kullu known by the name Malana cream, after the high altitude village of Malana, is considered the best charas in the world that has lead to its clandestine growing and smuggling.