In the biggest-ever drug haul in the Northeast, the Assam Rifles and Manipur Police have seized over 154 kg ‘methamphetamine’ tablets and more than 54 kg heroin worth over Rs 508 crore and arrested one Myanmar national.
Tengnoupal SP Vikramjit Singh said that the Assam Rifles and the police in a joint operation seized heroin powder weighing 54.141 kg and methamphetamine tablets weighing 154.314 kg from a house at Sunrise Ground in Moreh town late on Monday evening.
“The cost of the seized heroin powder is expected to be around Rs 108 crore and that of the methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) tablets around Rs 400 crore in the international market,” he said.
He said the Assam Rifles and the police after lengthy planning arrested Monkhai, 19, a resident of Khampat in neighbouring Myanmar, on Monday afternoon.
His arrest led to the biggest ever seizure of drugs smuggled from across the border and stored in a house.
Colonel Sumit Sood, Commandant of 43 Assam Rifles of Moreh Battalion, and Singh along with other officials successfully seized the large cache of drugs which were meant to be ferried to other parts of India after month-long efforts.
The arrested person and the seized narcotics have been handed over to the Moreh police station and a case has been registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Methamphetamine, commonly known as ‘Yaba’ or ‘party tablets’, is a synthetic drug used widely by the youth in Bangladesh and its neighbouring countries, besides India.