The anti-narcotic squad of state excise and narcotics department in collaboration with Assam Rifles troops seized 762 gms of heroin and arrested a Myanmarese drug peddler in Mizoram’s Hnahthial district, an official said.
The official said the drug peddler was arrested on the outskirts of Ngharchhip village in Hnahthial district.
The accused has been identified as 26-year-old Boih Nun Chungm, a resident of Leisen village in Myanmar, the official said.
The accused was booked under relevant sections of The Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, he said.
The contraband worth over Rs 22 lakh was smuggled from Myanmar, the official said.
Meanwhile, state taxation minister Lalchamliana told the Assembly on Thursday that the state government is making massive efforts to curb transportation of illegal goods like areca nuts from Myanmar.
The minister said the state government has charged GST (tax) from the smuggled areca nuts.
He said smuggling of areca nuts from Myanmar has become a great concern in the state.
Though there are several checkpoints along the Champhai-Aizawl road, the truckers transporting the illegal goods took diversion roads to escape seizure on several occasions, he said.
Substantial quantities of smuggled areca nuts worth lakh of rupees are seized almost every day by security personnel in Mizoram.