Tripura police seize drugs worth Rs 4.5 Cr

Agartala, Oct 15 (UNI) In a breakthrough, North Tripura Police seized a Nagaland-registered truck loaded with contraband while it was entering the state from Assam and arrested the driver hailing from Gomati district, police said on Sunday.

Acting on a tip-off, Superintendent of Police (North Tripura) Bhanupada Chakraborty along with his team intercepted the truck on National Highway-8 at Bagbasa police station area on Friday night. Even after searching through the night, police weren’t able to find any contraband consignment in the truck, but the vehicle was detained.

However, on Saturday police conducted another search and recovered about 90,000 Yaba tablets worth Rs 4.50 Crores from a hidden chamber inside the truck. The driver, identified as Debbrata Dey, was arrested. During interrogation, police got to know the source of the consignment but were yet to find out the destination.

“We have initiated proceedings under the NDPS Act to find out the chain of business,” the SP said.

In a separate operation, police in the Khowai district based on secret information, raided the house of one Pradip Singh in the Paharmura area. During the raid, police seized cash of Rs 51,000 and 12 grams of heroin from the house. Later, police arrested Singh, and his wife Anjana, and registered a case against the couple under NDPS Act.

Tripura government has launched a crusade against drugs and narcotics across the state, and almost every day police have been seizing different contraband drugs and arresting the people involved in the dealing, which are believed to be transported from Myanmar.

The SP suspected that the drug dealers were planning to earn a huge amount of extra money by spreading their net in the state as the Bengali festival of Durga Puja approached. He said that the police will continue their anti-drug operations despite the challenges of maintaining law and order in the state during the festive season.

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