On preliminary questioning, the man reportedly confessed that the opium consignment was to be delivered to a man named Karan, who is based in Guwahati.
IMPHAL: Acting on a tipoff, a team of Imphal West district police commandos seized 84.45 kg of opium worth over Rs 4 crore in the international market, and arrested a suspected drug smuggler on Friday. THe operation was launched at the Shantipur area in Kanglatongbi.
The police team also recovered Rs 19.85 lakhs in cash from the drug peddler identified as Sandeep Limbu (31) a resident of the area.
Imphal West Superintendent of Police K. Meghachandra said, "We received information about the presence of anti-social elements in the area.
''The drug peddler was detained while a team of police was conducting patrolling and checking at Shantipur areas."
The police team found a bag containing 22 black packets hidden inside his van parked within the premises of his house. "When the packets were examined it turned out to be opium weighing 84.45 kg and worth Rs 4, 22, 25,000 in international market," he said.
On preliminary questioning, the man reportedly confessed that the opium consignment was to be delivered to a man named Karan, who is based in Guwahati. The arrested person along with the drugs has been handed over to Sekmai police station for further action. (Agencies)