In this episode we investigate India’s drug trafficking problem. South Asia’s traditional opium and heroin networks are now complemented by the rise in abuse of synthetic precursor chemicals. Large volumes of each type of narcotics are smuggled from and through India to the rest of the world, including the United States. To help listeners understand this multifaceted transnational criminal problem and its impact on India and the United States we turned to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Country Attaché in India Derek Odney and illicit drug control expert Dr. David Murray of the Hudson Institute.
We also hear from Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal, a Delhi-based adjunct fellow with CSIS, and the CSIS Wadhwani Chair’s Natalie Tecimer to learn more about the situation on the ground and what U.S. and Indian officials are doing to counter the threat. Hosted by Will Colson. Audio edited by Franny Hocking. Written and produced by Jeffrey Bean.