In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has set up a Narcotic Awareness Recidivism Control (NARC) cell in Udhampur district to prepare database of all hardcore criminals to counter organised crime in the state, a senior police officer said on Saturday. This is an effort to maintain database and records of narcotics traders and peddlers so that we can have a full picture of the drugs network and tackle the problem holistically, he said. Despite strenuous efforts of the police, the drug trafficking and its abuse has witnessed an alarming increase over the past couple of years. Former director general of state police S P Vaid had termed the drug menace as a bigger challenge than terrorism and said contrabands were being pumped from across the border. Till August, police has registered 453 cases and arrested 645 persons under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, while over 40,000 patients were treated at the drug de-addiction centres opened by police at various places, including the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu. The fractured efforts never give us a picture of the illicit drug trade going on between various parts of the state and the setting up of the NARC cell is an effort to tailor a bigger picture out of the fractured parts, the SSP said. The officer said the police is making efforts to wipe out the drug menace and are frequently organising lectures in colleges and schools to motivate youth to keep away from narcotics. Meanwhile, the Udhampur police chief said a hardcore narcotics smuggler was arrested and booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) on Friday. A dossier with regard to his criminal activities was prepared and submitted before district magistrate Udhampur Ravinder Kumar, who after careful consideration issued orders of his detention under PSA, he said. In July, hardcore narcotics smuggler Umar Jaan was arrested under PSA in the district.4 kg of charas and 322 grams of heroin, he said.