One person was arrested in connection with the seizure of the heroin valued at Rs 7 lakh in the local market.

Assam Rifles and Mizoram police have seized 90 grams of heroin, a banned Chinese bike and arms during a joint operation at Zokhawthar-Melbuk area in Champhai district along the Mizoram-Myanmar border.

Based on specific information, Serchhip battalion of Assam Rifles and Champhai district police launched an operation, said an Assam Rifles official.

One Chinese origin Kenbo bike and Air rifle were also recovered during the operation, he said.

One person was arrested in connection with the seizure of the heroin valued at Rs 7 lakh in the local market, he said.

In another operation, Assam Rifles in collaboration with Custom department also recovered huge quantities of areca nuts at Ruantlang area in Champhai district and detained one person on Sunday.

The areca nuts worth Rs 51.52 lakh in the international market were smuggled from Myanmar, the official said.

Apart from this, 4,900 kg of areca nuts worth Rs 13.72 lakh, which were smuggled from Myanmar, were also seized and two persons were detained in connection with the seizure during operation on Monday, he added.

Due to the significant increase in cross-border smuggling of drugs, arms and other contrabands, the Assam Rifles have set up a strong anti-smuggling grid to curb the menace.

On November 23, the country’s oldest paramilitary force also seized two banned Kenbo motorcycle in Champhai and Serchhip and recovered arms, including Bretta pistol.

Besides, the paramilitary forces have also seized 390.4 grams of heroin, smuggled areca nuts worth Rs 76.83 lakh and 5,600 kilograms (80 Bags) of poppy seeds worth Rs 25.20 lakh in Mizoram’s Champhai district recently.

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