Myanmar woman held with drugs in Manipur Credit: EastMojo Image

Imphal: The infamous Indo – Myanmar border town Moreh has made it to the news again as a 35-year-old tribal woman from Myanmar was detained along with 1.817 kg of brown sugar on Wednesday morning.

S. Ibomcha, Superintendent of Police at Tengnoupal district under which Moreh is located, said that a combined team of district police and troopers of 44 Assam Rifles had stepped up vigil along the Manipur-Myanmar border after receiving intelligence reports that smugglers may infiltrate into Manipur with contraband drugs.

“Around 6.30 a.m. on Wednesday, a woman was spotted coming towards Moreh after crossing the international border. She had a handbag with her. On suspicion, she was stopped and the bag was searched. We found brown sugar packaged in 143 small packets,” the police superintendent said.

Officials estimated that the seized drug will be worth Rs 3.6 crore in the international market.

“The drug trafficker was identified as Themneilam Haokip of Ward No. 12 of Namphalong town, located under Tamu district of Myanmar. She was brought to the police station and subjected to preliminary interrogation after registering a case,” Ibomcha added.

In another incident on Monday, two drug traffickers of Manipur were nabbed by the troopers of 12 Assam Rifles at the permanent check post at Khudengthabi, 12 km from Moreh. They were carrying contraband drugs valued at Rs 14 crore in the international market. The drug packages were concealed inside the car doors.

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