Imphal: In a major crackdown on illicit activities, a joint team of Manipur police and Assam Rifles arrested one Myanmar national with drugs worth over Rs 500 crore, in Tengnoupal district on Monday, the police said.

Tengnoupal Superintendent of Police Th Vikramjit Singh said 43 Assam Rifles Moreh Battalion and Tengnoupal district police have been jointly working with an aim to rid Moreh town of narcotics substances.

Regarding the raid, police said specific intelligence inputs were collected that led to some places in Moreh town near the international border being used for stocking, repackaging and acting as redistribution facility for narcotics substances smuggled in large quantities from Myanmar.

Based on further specific information, the joint team identified one specific house, which, as per the source, was used as stocking, repackaging and redistribution facility. The teams deployed were keeping a close watch on the house and waiting for the right moment.

Around 2 pm on Monday, the combined team spotted one person coming out of the suspected house near Sunrise Ground, riding a two-wheeler and carrying a red bag.

The team stopped the individual and upon searching his bag, recovered approximately 20 large boxes. Each box contained 11 soap cases of suspected narcotics (heroin), the SP said.

The individual was arrested from the spot along with 220 soap cases containing heroin and one Kenbo bike from his possession. The arrested person has been identified as Monkhai, 19, from Myanmar’s Khampat.

The SP said the seizure corroborated our input beyond doubt about the storage of a huge quantity of narcotic substances at the target location. So, the combined team further searched the targeted house. 

During the house search, 3,716 soap cases containing suspected heroin powder and 152 packets of suspected Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine) drugs were recovered, which were concealed inside the front room of the said house, informed the SP.

The team also recovered plastic packaging materials, he added

According to the police, the total amount of narcotic substances seized in the joint operation suspected to be heroin powder is approximately 54.141 Kg and 152 packets of suspected to be Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) is approximately 154.314 Kg.

The cost of suspected seized heroin powder is expected to be around Rs 108 crore in the international market and that of suspected seized Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) is expected to be around Rs 400 crore in the international market. The total cost of the seized drugs is estimated to be over Rs 500 crore in international market, the police said.

The arrested person and the seized articles have been handed over to OC Moreh Police Station and a case has been taken up for investigation, it added.

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