NEW DELHI: In a move aimed at eliminating the business of narcotic substances in the national capital, 25 properties used by the drug traffickers have been sealed by the authorities in the past few weeks and face demolition now.Officials said the decision to seal and demolish such properties was taken by lieutenant governor Vinai Kumar Saxena in the fifth meeting of the state-level committee of NCORD (national narcotics coordination) on April 27. Twenty-four of the properties are located in residential areas.“In line with LG VK Saxena’s zero tolerance against drug menace, for the first time, 25 properties involved in drug trafficking have been sealed in the national capital with authorities contemplating demolishing the properties. The move aims at sending across a strict message against drug trafficking in the city and deter the drug mafia from indulging in such acts,” said the LG secretariat in a statement.Officials said Delhi Police had launched a major crackdown against drug mafia and identified 25 properties across the city, which were being used for peddling drugs either by the property owners themselves or by other occupants. The properties were sealed by MCD on recommendations of the police.While seven properties were sealed in Shahdara (North) zone, four each were sealed in central and Narela zones.Apart from sealing and demolishing the properties, the LG had also directed the Delhi government’s transport department to make necessary provisions for cancelling the permits of vehicles involved in drug trafficking.“The steps aim at making Delhi drug-free with active participation of all stakeholder agencies of the state and the central governments. The LG has noted that drug trafficking was not merely a petty criminal act but also an international design to weaken the country,” said an official.Another official said that the LG had also stressed upon strict enforcement on the ground and asked Delhi Police to identify and submit a list of all existing and new hotspots of drug trafficking along with a detailed plan to eliminate them.The seizure of cocaine in the first quarter of the year was nearly 400% more than the total cocaine confiscated by Delhi Police in 2022. Till April 15 this year, the police had seized more than 14 kilograms of cocaine apart from 126 kg of opium from drug suppliers and peddlers, registered 295 cases and arrested 390 people under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.