Drugs worth Rs 70 lakh seized

IMPHAL, Jan 12: Drugs worth around Rs 70 lakh in international markets have been seized from an individual by a team of the Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB).
Briefing media persons at his police headquarters office this evening IGP (Administration) Dr Soibam Ibocha said that a team of NAB led by SP W Basu seized 520 gms of heroin (No 4) and 6000 number of WY tablets from an individual today.
The seized drugs are worth around Rs 13.50 lakh in local market and around Rs 70 lakh in international market, the IGP said.
The NAB team apprehended an individual from near Machu Cinema Hall, Samurou at around 11 am.
The drug were seized from the possession of the individual identified as Makakmayum Hassan (26) s/o MK Kasim of Lilong Haoreibi Makha Leikai.
He was carrying the drugs inside a bag. Heroin powder was found packed in 40 soap cases/caps. The heroin seized from him is brownish in colour and it is of superior grade, Dr Ibocha said. The WY tablets were packed in mini packets which were again wrapped in a polythene bag.
One mobile phone and Rs 1500 in cash were recovered from his possession. A case has been registered at NAB police station, the IGP continued. Under the directive of Chief Minister N Biren, police have been carrying out an intensive drive against intoxicating drugs apart from initiating necessary measures for rehabilitation of drug abusers.
Both the Golden Triangle and the Golden Crescent are known all over the world for manufacturing intoxicating drugs, and the former is quite close to Manipur, Dr Ibocha said.
In tandem with the improved cooperation between police and public, the incidence of people sharing information with police is also rising, the IGP said.
Clarifying one common query from the public, Dr Ibocha said that there is no question of police concealing or misusing seized items. All seized items are kept safe and it takes some time to complete the necessary legal procedure for disposing them. Seized drugs and other unlawful substances were disposed enmasse by setting them ablaze in 2016, the IGP said. Saying that the menace of drug abuse cannot be fought by police alone, SP Basu sought cooperation from the public.

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