Manipur police has arrested a suspected drug smuggler along with 84.45 kg of opium worth over Rs 4 crore in the international market.

Acting on a specific input, a team of Imphal West district police commandos on Friday launched a search operation at Shantipur area and arrested the drug peddler.

The police team also recovered Rs 19.85 lakhs in cash from the drug peddler, who has been identified as Sandeep Limbu, 31, a resident of Shantipur, Kanglatongbi.

“The drug peddler was detained while a team of police was conducting patrolling and checking at Shantipur areas. We received information about the presence of anti-social elements in the area,” Imphal West SP K Meghachandra said.

On checking the premises of the man’s house, the police team found a bag containing 22 black packets hidden inside his van.

“When the packets were examined it turned out to be opium altogether weighing 84.45 kg worth Rs 4, 22, 25,000 in international market,” he said.

On preliminary questioning, the man reportedly confessed that the opium consignment was to be delivered to a man named Karan, who is based in Guwahati.

The arrested person along with the drugs has been handed over to Sekmai police station for further action

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