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Police on Wednesday evening apprehended two drug peddlers in Biswanath district of Assam.

The police also seized drugs worth Rs 15 lakhs from them.

Based on a source input, one i20 Car (blue colour) with registration no AS-07M-8922 was detained at about 7:30 pm under Sootea police station.

Police while searching the vehicle found the drugs and apprehended the two occupants of the car.

They were on the way back from Nagaon to Lakhimpur.

The arrested peddlers have been identified as Jiten Biswas, aged around 32 years, son of one Rosamoy Biswas hailing from No 2 Parbatipur, Harmuti under Laluk police station in Lakhimpur and  Sanjay Bhattacharyya, aged around 22 years, son of one Shibu Bhattacharyya also hailing from Laluk.

Two syringes, two small containers, one empty and other one half filled with suspected heroin were seized from their possession.

During further search assisted by an experienced Hyundai mechanic in presence of independent witnesses, 15 plastic boxes of red, blue and green colours were found concealed in the frame of the front left door of the vehicle.

Inside each box, a packet containing suspected heroin was found.

The 15 packets were weighed using an electronic weighing machine and found to be 180 grams.

The market value of the heroin is around Rs 15 lakhs.

According to police, Jiten Biswas is a veteran drug peddler, who was arrested by Sipajhar police station in 2015 on charges of carrying 8000 intoxicating tablets.

He was also arrested in Naharlagun of Arunchal Pradesh along with four others on charges of possessing a 9 mm pistol and for carrying 85 grams of heroin.

During initial interrogation, he confessed that he purchased the seized heroin for a sum of Rs 7 lakhs from Kaliabor area.

The other accused was also in jail and was released recently because of COVID-19 pandemic.

The operation, interrogation and investigation were led by DSP (HQ) along with OC, Sootea PS and staff.

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