Odisha police have made a seizure of cannabis worth Rs 10 crore in Gajapati district and arrested a drug peddler in a raid at Pateiguda-Anuguru forest areas under R. Udayagiri police station jurisdiction.
Acting on a tipoff, the police arrested the suspected drug peddler Sonu Paswan, a native of the Bikramganj police station area in Bihar. The cannabis locally called ganja weighing 9.78 quintals was seized from his possession. Three other accomplices of the accused persons however managed to escape arrest, police said on Tuesday.
The cannabis routed through Odisha by organized drug syndicates is much in demand in other States because its price is on the lower side. These banned substances are mostly being smuggled to northern parts of the country including New Delhi. Besides, the banned substances are also smuggled out to neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand, they added.