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Drug bust: Bengal man held with brown sugar worth Rs 1.5 crore

Acting on a tip off, the STF flanked by local police conducted a raid and intercepted the accused person- Sk Rafiq (a native of Panchkula in West Bengal) with the drug haul.

Statesman News Service | Bhubaneswar |

In the latest interception of drug peddling, the Special Task Force of Odisha police seized 1.38 kilograms of brown sugar worth around Rs 1.5 crore by nabbing an interstate drug peddler at Masjidgali near Railway Level Crossing of Aradabazar in Balasore Township.

Acting on a tip off, the STF flanked by local police conducted a raid and intercepted the accused person- Sk Rafiq (a native of Panchkula in West Bengal) with the drug haul.

The drug peddler booked under relevant sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) was later remanded to judicial custody, said officials adding that further investigation is underway to ascertain whether he was supplying drugs to other parts of the State.

Over the last two years, the STF has seized more than 57 kg of brown sugar, 202 grams of cocaine, and 111 quintals of ganja. During this period, as many as 158 drug peddlers have been arrested, added STF officials.