One Myanmar national has been arrested along with a huge amount of drugs worth over Rs 500 crore by a combined team of 43-Assam Rifles, Tengnoupal District Police, and CDO Moreh at Shiva Gate near Tamil Sangam Temple under Moreh Police Station, Tengnoupal district in Manipur, police sources said.
As per the sources, the accused, identified as Monkhai, (19) S/o (L) Thang En Mang of Khampat (Myanmar), was arrested at 2:30 pm.
The team recovered as many as 1,3936 soap cases of suspected heroin powder weighing 54.141 Kgs (approximately) worth Rs 108 crore and 152 packets of suspected Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) weighing 154.314 Kgs (approximately) worth around Rs 400 crore in the international market, the sources added.
As per a release issued by Th Vikramjit Singh, Superintendent of Police, Tengnoupal, security forces and District Police Tengnoupal are dominating the Indo-Myanmar border extensively to thwart the nefarious designs of Anti national Elements and as a part of a war against drug, Tengnoupal District Police has been working in close coordination with 43 Assam Rifles, to make Moreh, a narcotic substance- free town.
Teams from both 43 Assam Rifles under the strict supervision of Colonel Sumit Sood Commandant 43 Assam Rifles Moreh Battalion and Tengnoupal District Police under Th Vikramjit Singh, SP Tengnoupal were deployed for collection of more specific information, it stated.
Specific intelligence input revealed that some places in Moreh town near the international border are being used as a stocking, repackaging and redistribution facility for narcotics substances smuggled in large quantities from Myanmar, the release stated.
Based on further specific information collected by the combined team, one specific house was identified, which according to the source was used as a stocking, repackaging and redistribution facility for narcotics substances smuggled in large quantities from Myanmar.
On Monday, December 6, teams were deployed from both 43 Assam Rifles led by Major Bharat and Tengnoupal District Police, and CDO Moreh led by Subedar Sanjeev Kumar Yengkhom, OC, CDO/Moreh under the joint supervision of Colonel Sumit Sood Commandant 43 Assam Rifles Moreh Battalion and Tengnoupal SP Th Vikramjit Singh, it stated, adding that around 2 pm the combined team spotted one person coming out of the suspected house near the Sunrise Ground, riding a two wheeler and carrying a red bag.
The team stopped the individual and upon inspecting the contents of his bag, approximately 20 large boxes inside the red coloured bag, each having 11 soap cases of suspected narcotics (Heroin Powder) was found.
As per the release, the accused, identified as Monkhai, (19) S/o (L) Thang En Mang of Khampat (Myanmar), was arrested at 2:30 pm from the spot and 220 soap cases of heroin powder and one Kenbo bike were seized from his possession.
The combined team further searched the targeted house. During the house search, as many as 3,716 soap cases containing suspected heroin powder and 152 packets of suspected Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine) drugs were recovered which were concealed inside the front room of the said house. The team also recovered plastic packaging materials, according to the release.
The arrested person and the seized articles had been handed over to OC Moreh Police Station and a case has been taken up for investigation, police said.