In one of the largest drug seizures in Manipur, the police have seized illicit party drugs worth Rs400 crore from Thoubal district, a senior police officer said on Sunday.
Acting on a tip-off, a police team with a help of local civil associations detained a mini truck at Phoudel Keirambi Makha area of Thoubal district on Saturday, Superintendent of Police, Thoubal, S Ibomcha Singh said.
The seized truck was brought to the Thoubal police station. During search of the truck the police recovered 40 lakh contraband amphetamine-based WY tablets, populary known as party drug, valued at Rs 400 crore in the international market, the SP said.
“The red-coloured tablets were kept concealed underneath carpets in the mini truck,” Singh said, adding that the drugs were smuggled in from Myanmar.
The truck driver Md Hussain was arrested. Based on the information provided by Hussain, police arrested a Burmese national Kyaw Kyaw Naing, a suspected international drug dealer, from Imphal Airport and two other persons, he said. Police seized Rs60,000, 1500 US dollars, 500 Kyat, two mobile handsets, passport and other documents from his possession.
The police had earlier bused a heroin manufacturing factory and seized 183 kg of drugs worth over Rs160 crore from Moijing Awang Leikai area of Thoubal district on August 17. In June this year, the police had busted a similar drug manufacturing unit at Lilong Turel area of Thoubal district and had seized 111 kg of heroin and brown sugar worth Rs 100 crore in the international market.