In what could be called the biggest drug haul made during the current year, Mizoram police have seized 5 lakh tablets of Methamphetamine and arrested two persons from Assam during an operation near Aizawl, a senior police officer said on Friday.
The contraband worth Rs. 10 crore in the local market was recovered from a truck during a joint operation by state police and its sister agency on Thursday evening in Sairang village, about 20 km from the state capital Aizawl, state Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Neihlaia said.
The truck driver identified as Mantu Kumar Deb (45) and second driver Subhas Das (33), both residents of Assam’s Karimganj district have been arrested for possessing the contraband, he said.
A case has been registered against them under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, he said.
Further investigations are underway, he added.
Another police officer said that the two accused tried to run away when police, who acted on specific information, intercepted their vehicles during a random checking of vehicles near a bridge in Sairang on Thursday evening,
When their vehicle was checked, the meth tablets were found inside it, he said.
He said that a police remand has been sought for further investigation.
Meanwhile, state excise and narcotic officials have also arrested 4 people for possessing over 800 grams of heroin worth Rs 24.50 lakh during a raid at Mualthuam North village in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district on Thursday.
The four accused were booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, according to department sports person Peter Zohmingthanga.