Itanagar: Taking the mission of ‘Drug-Free Arunachal’ a step further, the Arunachal Pradesh Police have recovered a huge quantity of contraband substances from several parts of the state.

Special Investigation Cell superintendent of police Hemant Tiwari on Wednesday said that the state police have so far managed to recover around 262.85 gm of heroin, 1.104 kg of opium and over 85 gm of brown sugar and arrested several drug peddlers in this connection.

Those among the arrested include police and IRBN personnel, a government school teacher and three women.

While the Capital Police arrested two drug dealers with around 199.66 gm heroine on April 23, four persons with 36.970 grams of heroin and Rs 30,000 cash were arrested by the Naharlagun police May 2.

On April 28, the Changlang police arrested two drug peddlers including a civil police Mingsam Ngemu and recovered around 35 grams of brown sugar from their possession. The district police also managed to managed to intercept one drug peddler Rengpa Mamai, working as a teacher of a government school with 15 grams of contraband items the next day.

The Miao Police of the district also arrested two drug peddlers Bownong Singpho and Yesho Yobin and recovered around 4.73 grams of brown sugar on May 3.

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Ujen Tshechuk, an IRBN jawan posted at Diyun in Changlang district, was caught by the police and public on April 30 with around 26.22 grams of heroin in his possession whereas the Kanubari police arrested one Langkai Boham and recovered around 3.5 grams of brown sugar from him of April 29.

The Kanubari police on April 30 also arrested two drug peddlers — Lempho Ponglaham and Rangman Apesam — and seized around 3 grams of brown sugar from them.

Meanwhile, in one of the biggest catches, the Tirap police arrested Phungtong Wangsa on May 1 with 100 grams of opium which was smeared with cloth while the district’s police has also registered three new cases under the NDPS Act after a recovery of around 29.24 grams of suspected brown sugar from Raatwang Aboh and Chow Anil Singkai and around 9.26 grams of the same substance from one Sanjit Singh. The police also seized around 604 grams of suspected opium from two women namely Likrum Kamnok and Nyalam Hopa on May 04.

The Tezu police have meanwhile recovered around 400 grams of opium smeared clothes and Rs 4,000 cash. Nang Anti Engling Sharma was arrested by the Namsai police with around 1.37 grams of suspected brown sugar on May 03.

SP Tiwari said the state police as per the directions of chief minister Pema Khandu is making concerted attempts to arrest the peddlers and recover contrabands from all across the state.

Khandu had recently said that his government aims to make Arunachal a drug-free state by 2022.

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