In a major crackdown on drugs trafficking in the NE region, two persons were arrested and 2.21 kg heroin worth around Rs 15.54 crore in the international market seized from their possession at Mawryngkneng village in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya on Thursday.
The operation against organised drug syndicates operating in the North-Eastern region is being conducted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).
DRI said in a release on Friday that the 2.21 kg heroin was smuggled through the Indo-Myanmar border and its value in the international illicit market is estimated at Rs 15.54 crore, and two persons have been arrested under the provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985.
DRI Shillong intercepted a vehicle in which the two suspects were travelling in Mawryngkneng on Thursday early hours. Frisking of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of 150 soap cases weighing 2.22 kg of pinkish powder wrapped in polythene sachets from the possession of the suspects, the DRI said.
Tests conducted with the NDPS field test kit confirmed the presence of heroin in the substance recovered.
It said preliminary investigations revealed that the consignment had come from Manipur and was meant for the Shillong-based drug syndicates, the DRI statement added.
The presence of makeshift secret cavities in the vehicle indicates its usage for the trafficking of narcotics in the past as well. Further searches and investigation is underway.