IMPHAL: In a significant crackdown on drug trafficking in Manipur, law enforcement authorities successfully apprehended a smuggler and confiscated a substantial 1.6 kilograms of heroin powder. Valued at an estimated Rs 11.65 crore in the international black market, the operation unfolded on the Imphal-Churachandpur highway, marking a major blow to illicit drug networks in the region.
Acting on intelligence regarding the movement of smuggled goods from Churachandpur, a collaborative effort between Bishnupur district police and state special commandos led to the interception of a white Bolero jeep at the Tera Urak checkpoint around 9 am on Monday.
Under the supervision of Bishnupur police station officer-in-charge Saktisen, a meticulous search was conducted, ultimately revealing 139 soap cases of various colors ingeniously concealing the illicit cargo. The sheer quantity of heroin seized highlights the scale of the operation and the sophistication employed by the traffickers to conceal their illegal activities.
The apprehended driver, identified as Md Sahidur (28) hailing from Kwakta village in Bishnupur district, now faces charges under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (ND&PS) Act. This successful operation not only led to the arrest of a key player in the illicit drug trade but also dealt a significant blow to the drug trafficking network operating in the Manipur region.
Further investigations are currently underway to trace the origin of the suspected drugs. Authorities are working diligently to unravel the intricate web of connections that contribute to the inflow of narcotics into the region, ensuring that all individuals involved in this illegal trade are brought to justice.
The seizure of such a substantial quantity of heroin underscores the ongoing challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in curbing the menace of drug trafficking. This operation serves as a testament to the dedication and effectiveness of collaborative efforts between different law enforcement units in combating organized crime, and safeguarding the community from the detrimental effects of illegal drugs.