Shillong: The State Anti Narcotic Task Force (ANTF) seized 930 grams of heroin from a night super bus coming from Manipur recently. The seizure was made at Mawrynkneng, around 24 kms from Shillong, when the ANTF was carrying out search operations on suspected buses and taxis. This also happen the biggest ever haul in recent times.
The contraband were packed in 80 soap cases that have been stacked in three bags, informed Superintendent of Police (SP) East Khasi Hills Claudia A Lyngwa on Monday. The bags belong to a lady identified as Veneithem Haokip, who was immediately arrested.
Elaborating further about the latest rich haul of narcotics that costs around Rs 4 to Rs 4.5 crore in the market, the head of the ANTF Jaspal Singh Dhanoa further informed that there is another twist to the search carried out at the night super bus (MN: OP-1451). “The bus is supposed to have 20 luggage’s but 12 were recovered from the rear carrier and that made us suspicious”, Dhanoa stated, “After intense grilling, the driver confided about the hidden compartment within the bus that can go unnoticed to any common man.” He further informed that from the concealed compartment, eight other bags containing foreign cigarettes and destined to the city were recovered”. The bus has also been detained by the police.
Going by the description of the SP of East Khasi Hills about the growing menace of drugs in Shillong and its suburbs, the presence of a transporting syndicate which traffickers use is also been tracked by the police. Ruing at the upsurge in drugs related cases in the city, Lyngwa said, “From our interaction with the other professionals, if the society, the NGOs and the families does not make any remedial intervention 50 per cent to 60 per cent of our youths will fall to drugs.”
However, she cautioned the public not to take the law into their own hands when they notice any peddler in the neighbourhood.