ITANAGAR: The Itanagar Capital police arrested two persons with 370 grams of suspected heroin from their possession on Sunday. Capital SP Tumme Amo informed that three packets of suspected heroin, 12 plastic vials filled with suspected heroin along with two mobile phones, cash amounting to Rs 9,000 and a car used for transportation of the items were seized from them.
"Following the tipoff, a team of police raided the hotel and arrested a 40-year-old person with the suspected heroin. His partner was arrested late last night after tracing the location of his mobile number," the SP added.
He added that the suspected heroin will be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for verification and also to know the amount of heroin contained in the substance and how much chemical is being used. "Interrogation of both the persons is on. But, their statements are contradictory," the SP said, adding that while one says that they bought the substance within Itanagar, the other says that it was bought somewhere else while coming to Itanagar. The police, however, did not disclose the names and other details of the persons arrested. The duo had come to the State capital from Longding on September 10 (Thursday) and stayed in a hotel here.
Informing that though the drug peddling activity has been going on in the Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) for the last many years, the SP stressed that such activities have come down during the last five years. "To create awareness on drug abuse, we conduct counseling for the addicts. At the same time we also request the State government to establish a dedicated 'Rehab and De-Addiction Centre' for the addicts," he said, informing that the 80 % drug traffickers are addicted. The SP added that the checking of drugs at the Banderdewa checkgate is almost impossible as there is huge human traffic. And due to the pandemic, checking every single bag is also not possible, he added.
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