Imphal: In a major clampdown on illegal drug trade, Manipur police seized a huge quantity of narcotic substances worth Rs 31 crore in the international market on Monday, said an official.

The police have also arrested three persons, including one head constable of Manipur Police department, in connection with the case, said Kangpokpi SP Amrita Sinha.

According to Sinha, a team of Kangpokpi police, while conducting random frisking and checking of vehicles at National Highway 2 in Kangpokpi district, intercepted one unregistered Honda City car.

Two persons identified as Solensei Haokip, 23, and Jamgoulen Haokip, 21, hailing from Churachandpur district, were also arrested.

On interrogation, the duo confessed to be drug peddlers and also admitted possessing drugs in their vehicle, said SP Sinha.

During the search operation, the police team recovered 212 soap cases, containing suspected heroin weighing approximately 2.131 kg which is worth Rs 63 lakh in the local market and Rs 31 crore in the international market, it said.

Two mobile phones and three ATM cards were also recovered from their possession, it said.

SP Sinha said on preliminary interrogation, the two drug smugglers revealed that they obtained the seized drugs from one Lunminthang Haokip alias Mimim Taqchapa of Kholmun village from Churachandpur district. Haokip is serving as a head constable in Manipur police and is presently posted at Churachandpur attached with CID(SB) at Henglep post.

The head constable was arrested from his residence on Tuesday with the assistance of Churachandpur SP and OC, it said. The police also seized one unregistered Mahindra Thar vehicle and one mobile phone from his possession.

A case has been registered against the three accused under sections 21(C)/29/60(3) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (ND&PS) Act for further investigation and necessary legal action, it added.

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