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Drugs worth Rs.19 cr seized in Meghalaya

In a major haul, Customs sleuths seized banned methamphetamine tablets worth Rs. 19 crore destined for Bangladesh via Meghalaya, from a hideout along Meghalaya-Assam border.

Customs officials said they arrested Letminlun Khongsai (27), the international drug kingpin and his driver Sailesh Singh from their hideout in Killing village under Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district on Wednesday. Khongsai, who has been on the radar of the security agencies and customs officials, is from Manipur’s Moreh village bordering Myanmar.

Deputy Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), Isaac Kharkongor said Khongsai was arrested after receiving input that a huge consignment of Metamphetamine tablets weighing 19.7 kg meant for Khongsai was dispatched from Imphal in a white Scorpio on Tuesday.

Kharkongor said Khongsai also flew to Guwahati airport from Imphal international airport to receive the Metamphetamine tablets at Killing village before being transhipped by road to Bangladesh via Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region. “Both of them (Khongsai and Singh) were kept under surveillance until they were arrested on Wednesday evening with the drugs, which were concealed inside the spare tyre and in the rear wall of the vehicle,” the official said.

“Meghalaya being a peaceful state has become a safe haven for international drug syndicates who are using it as a transit route from Myanmar to Bangladesh,” Kharkongor said.


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