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In a major haul, the Tengnoupal Battalion of 26 Sector of the Assam Rifles seized drugs worth of nearly Rs 3 crore in Manipur on Saturday.
According to the office of the Inspector General of Assam Rifles, South Sector (IGAR-S), the Tengnoupal Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) seized a huge cache of contraband drugs, worth Rs 2.85 crore on Imphal – Moreh National Highway (National Highway 102).
Acting on a tip off received from Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), the Tengnoupal Battalion and DRI seized contraband drugs from a vehicle bearing registration number MN 01 AK 3492 coming from Morehat Permanent Vehicle Check Post (PVCP) in Khudengthabi at around 4 pm, the IGAR-S informed.
During the search, brown sugar weighing approximately 714 grams in 50 packets, concealed inside the rear boot space of the car was found, it further stated.
According to the IGAR-S, the driver identified as one Jangkomang Haokip, a resident of Moreh, was taken into custody by Assam Rifles immediately.
Later the seized items and the apprehended person were handed over to DRI in Imphal, the IGAR-S also stated.
Ongoing illegal drug trades are a major cause of concern for the state of Manipur. The Assam Rifles rightly christened as the ‘Sentinels of Northeast’ have launched a crusade against the illicit drug smuggling in Manipur.
Since March 2018, the 26 Sector Assam Rifles has seized contraband drugs worth Rs 70.09 crores, the IGAS-S had claimed.