Aizawl: At least six people have been apprehended for possessing 372 grams of heroin worth Rs. 1.52 crore during raids by troopers of Assam Rifles and Mizoram state excise and narcotics department personnel at two different locations in Mizoram, an Assam Rifles official said on Wednesday.

Acting on specific information, Assam Rifles and the excise and narcotics department carried out a joint operation at Zokhawthar village in Champhai district on the Mizoram-Myanmar border and seized 297 grams of heroin on Wednesday. A drug peddler was apprehended for possessing the contraband worth Rs. 1.18 crore.

In another raid, Assam Rifles and the Excise and Narcotics department also seized 75 grams of heroin worth Rs 33.75 lakh in the Hunthar neighbourhood on the outskirts of Aizawl on Tuesday. Five people were apprehended in connection with the seizure, an official said.

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The six accused and seized heroin was handed over to the state excise and narcotics department. An official of the excise and narcotics department said that the accused were booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

Meanwhile, a police statement said that the state police and Assam Rifles seized 23.6 kg of methamphetamine tablets worth over Rs. 6 crores during joint operations between October 2020 and March 2021.

The state police also seized various drugs, including 2 kg of heroin, altogether worth Rs 22.42 crore during the same period, the statement said.

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