International drug smuggler arrested with 40 Lakh WY tablets worth Rs 400 crore
Customs division also seize 1 lakh WY tablets worth Rs 10 crore
THOUBAL | Aug 25
Thoubal District Police has arrested an international drug smuggler and three others along with WY (Amphetamine tablets) worth Rs 400 crore in the international market on August 24. The Police have claimed it as the largest seizure of illicit drugs in the annals of the history of the country.
During a press meet held on August 24, the seized drugs were displayed in front of the media and the public.
Speaking on the occasion, SP- Thoubal, S. Ibomcha stated that upon receiving specific reports, a large team of Thoubal district police led by him had immediately rushed to the area at Phoudel Keirambi Mathak Leikai (near the Mobile Tower) at around 1:10 am of August 24. While the team waited at the spot with extreme vigilance, a white-coloured 207 DI vehicle (MN06LA-2847) was witnessed approaching in a suspicious manner upon which the vehicle was called upon to halt, he said adding that upon questioning, the driver of the driver identified himself as Mohammad Hussain, 35, son of Zakir Hussain of Thoubal Wangkhem Muslim Mamang Leikai.
Being the dead of night and finding it quite difficult to carry out thorough investigations of its loads, the driver and the truck was escorted back to Thoubal-PS, he continued while mentioning along the way back to the PS, the team was met representatives of Phoudel Keirambi Youths Club and Panthoibi Women Welfare association who accompanied them. It was decided that the search of the vehicle will be performed in the morning, and accordingly the driver and the truck were safely locked with adequate security arrangements and the representatives of the clubs and women association also took part it in, S. Ibomcha said.
The SP mentioned that operation was conducted under the direct supervision of IGP (zone-1), Clay Khongsai, and the team also consisted of addition SP (LO), Thingnam Deshorjit; additional SP (Ops) Sachidananda Soibam; OC, (Commando), N. Sadananda and OC, Thoubal-PS, N. Jadumani along with personnel from the PS and two additional teams of police commandos.
He also stated that formal search procedures of the vehicle commenced right from the morning of August 24 in the presence of the club and women association members; and during individual checking of 100 linoleum carpet rolls found in the truck it was found 40 lakh numbers of WY tablets were found hidden in packs inside the carpet rolls. The total weight of the seized tablets weighed around 400 kg, he continued while also mentioning that that according to Customs Division-Imphal and the estimated value of the tablets is estimated to be worth around Rs 400 crore in the International market, the SP said.
As part of follow up actions, a police team consisting of the SP himself and led by additional SP (LO) and Additional SP (Ops) rushed to Imphal International Airport, and the police were able to arrest another international drug smuggler from the gate of the airport. The arrested individual has been identified as Kyaw Kyaw Naing alias Abdul Rahim, 33, son of Abdul Jabar alias Ula Sin of Kawhmu village of Rangoon, Myanmar. Indian currency worth around Rs 60,000, fifteen US dollars in denomination of 100 each, two mobile handsets along with other documents were seized from his possession. Kyaw Kyaw Naing reportedly runs his drug smuggling operation through Myanmar, Indi, China and other countries.
Another two individuals involved with the smuggling racket were also arrested on August 24. They have been identified as Md. Ayub khan, 41, son of (late) Md. Azizur Rahman of Yairipok Wangkhem; and Md. Abdul Razak, 35, son of Md. Abdul Halim of Yairipok Tulihal, S. Ibomcha added.
It may be recalled here that Thoubal District Police, on August 17, had also destroyed a Brown Sugar production facility located at Thoubal Moijing while also seizing a vast quantity of Heroin (No. 4) worth Rs 166.60 crore establishing a record of the largest haul of drugs in Northeast India. The CM of Manipur, in recognition of the feat and as a sign of encouragement, had announced that the police team involved will be honoured with a special prize.
Meanwhile, a team of Customs division, Imphal, also arrested a drug smuggler identified as Md. Hefajuddin, 23, son of Riyajuddin of Lilong Haoreibi Sambrukhong during a house search operation conducted by a team led by superintendent (anti -smuggling unit), P. Roben, on August 23.1 lakh pieces of WY tablets weighing a total of 10 kg and estimated to be worth around Rs 10 crore in the international market were seized from his possession.
A case has been registered against Md. Hefajuddin under the ND and PS Act while further investigations are ongoing to arrest other individuals involved in the drug smuggling racket, said a release from superintendent, Customs Division-Imphal.
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