GUWAHATI: The ongoing extensive raids on drugs in the State have made the drug traffickers change their modus operandi frequently. However, the police seem to keep a step ahead of the drug peddlers.
On Thursday night the police were successful in seizing heroin worth Rs 1.50 crore from North Guwahati, besides the arrest of two persons from Manipur.
According to police sources, the heroin consignment was brought in an LPG tanker that came to the LPG bottling plant at North Guwahati on Thursday night. Around 200 LPG tankers were parked near the bottling plant. However, acting on a tip-off the police were able to find out the particular tanker (MN01AA1252) that came to Guwahati from Manipur via Dimapur. The driver and the handyman of the tanker – Emanuel Khrasi and Konjthokjam Ajay Meitei hailing from Imphal West – were arrested.
In another incident near Jorabat on Thursday night, the police seized a huge quantity of banned cough syrup from a pumpkin-laden truck.
In search of a new modus operandi, the kingpins of drug traffickers haven't even spared ambulances which they might have thought as the best bet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the pretext of taking food for a COVID-19 patient, a drug trafficker stopped a private ambulance at Gauripur and boarded it on Thursday night. However, he couldn't escape the police's dragnet. The police caught the man and seized several banned tablets from his possession.
A few days back the police seized drugs from a food home delivery boy in Guwahati.
Police sources said that the drug traffickers keep changing their modus operandi following the intense raid on them, but they have not been able to escape the police dragnet.
The ongoing war against drugs since January this year led to the arrest of over 1,000 drug traffickers, leading to the registration of over 600 cases against them.