A joint team of Narcotics Affairs of Border (NAB) police and Thoubal district police arrested four persons along with drugs and cash on Tuesday.
According to police, the arrested persons have been identified as one Nelson Yengkhom, 19, son of Y Deben Singh of Lilong Chajing Konjeng Leikai, Imphal West; Md Kh Khomei, 35, son of Sharuddin of Kyamgei Konyaithabi, Imphal East; Nongyaimayum Rafique Ali, 31, son of Md Nasib Ali of Lilong Khunou, Thoubal district and Nongyaimayum Taslima, 30, wife of Nongyaimayum Wahid Khan of Lilong Khumou, Thoubal district.
It said that during a frisking and checking of suspected illicit drug users and peddlers near Lilong bridge, Nelson and Khomei were detained. On examination and verification of the duo, a paper sachet containing about 200 mg of heroin powder was seized.
On further disclosure of the two persons, the police team raided a pharmacy named ‘Asian Pharmacy’ and simultaneously surrounded the houses at Lilong Khunou, Thoubal district. During the raid, 42 plastic vials containing suspected heroin powder, seven SP (Spasmo-Proxyvon) tablets, two empty soap cases suspected to be used for packing heroin powder, 457 empty plastic vials and a cash amount of Rs 13,000 were seized, it added.
The owner of the pharmacy and his associates Rafique and Taslima, who were involved in the drug rackets, were also arrested. A case has been registered at NAB Police Station for further investigation, said the police source.