In one of the biggest drug seizures made by the Churachandpur police in the past two years, 5.115 kg of suspected brown sugar packed in 440 soap cases was seized from a woman in Churachandpur district, Manipur on Friday. The woman was arrested following the seizure, police said.
Police said the brown sugar, suspected to be sourced from Myanmar, was being transported in a dark-grey KIA Seltos car, bearing registration No AS 27D3880 and driven by the woman identified as one Vahhoihlhing Baite (41), wife of one Paokholal Baite of T Lailoiphai village, Sangaikot sub-division, Churachandpur.
Churachandpur SP, Shrivanand Surve, addressing the press at Churachandpur Police Station, said they received reliable information at 9:30 am about a huge quantity of contraband drugs being transported along Sugnu-Churachandpur road in a vehicle.
Accordingly, a team of Churachandpur police led by OC and a team of WPS-CCP conducted surveillance along Sugnu-CCPur Road.
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A dark-grey KIA Seltos (AS27D3880) was seen plying in a very suspicious manner and was signaled to stop at Rengkai Road but the vehicle sped off without stopping.
The vehicle was chased and finally intercepted at Bijang Vengpi, Churachandpur where four black bags, suspected to contain brown sugar, were found inside the vehicle, the SP said, adding that the consignment was suspected to be sourced from Myanmar through Khuangkhai area of Sangaikot and investigation was being carried out.
After the driver of the vehicle identified herself, a requisition was made to the DM/CCP to depute one EM for conducting search of the vehicle. Accordingly, Zosanglur Joute, EM/CCP arrived at the spot. The four bags were opened in the presence of the EM and civil witnesses from the locality and it was found to contain 440 soap cases of suspected brown sugar. On weighing, the suspected brown sugar was found to weigh 5.115 kg without the weight of the soap cases.
The suspected brown sugar, two mobile phones and the KIA Seltos car were seized at 11:30 am and the woman arrested at 11:40 am. A case under FIR NO.19(2)2023 CCP-PS u/s 21(c)/60 NDPS Act has been registered for further investigation, the SP added.