Excise seizes heroin worth INR 44 lakh
Dimapur, July 10 (EMN): In a major haul of banned narcotic drugs, the Excise department seized heroin worth INR 44,35200 on July 10 from 6th Mile area and arrested one person in this connection.
The seizure was made basing on specific information of one person indulging in smuggling of contraband drugs on July 10 morning at around 8 am. The accused has been identified as Thozü Poutao.
Interacting with media persons, the deputy commissioner of Excise (Narcotic Cell) S Chanlei Angh stated that Excise personnel had seized a total of 1.56 kg of heroin from the accused. According to him, the drug was worth INR 44,35200 at the local market. Besides the seizure of drugs, Excise personnel also confiscated two weighing scales from his possession.
Basing on the information, he stated that Excise personnel were on run for about a week till the accused was arrested on July 10. He added that the drugs was found packed in soap cases numbering 88.
As per his confessional statement, the accused had purchased the item from Senapati district in Manipur to be sold to prospective customers from Rajasthan and Kolkata.
Angh also stated that the seizure was the biggest in the history of Excise department. Earlier, the department had also seized 1 kg heroin in the 90s.
The accused also disclosed that he was into the business for the last three years. The seized articles have been kept at the Excise Narcotic Cell, Malkhana, Angh informed. The accused has been booked under section 21 (c) of the NDPS Act 1985.
In a separate incident, troops of Assam Rifles seized Myanmarese areca nut from Padampukhuri area in Dimapur on July 10.
The seizure was made basing on specific information about consignment of contraband. The troops recovered 1040 bags of areca nuts worth INR 2 crore.
A defence release stated that the seized contraband was handed over to Custom Preventive Division Officials, Dimapur, for further investigation.