10.174 kg of suspected yaba tablets were found inside a travel trolley at Mawiongrim viewpoint Credit: Meghalaya Police

Shillong: In a joint operation, the Meghalaya police along with the Anti-Narcotic Task Force (ANTF) seized 10.147 kg of suspected ‘yaba’ tablets from a tourist vehicle travelling from Guwahati to Shillong.

Yaba, the Thai word for ‘crazy medicine’, is a tablet form of methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant.

A statement issued by East Khasi Hills SP in Shillong said: “Based on reliable inputs from a sister agency that a tourist vehicle bearing registration No AS 01 LC 4807 travelling from Guwahati to Shillong was being used by drug suppliers for transporting contraband drugs, a joint operation was carried out along with ANTF team and accompanied by Mawlai Police Station staff to intercept the vehicle at Mawiongrim viewpoint.”

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Upon interception, the vehicle was found to be occupied by five persons, besides the driver. According to the police, all the five arrested belong to Manipur’s Thoubal and Ukhrul districts.

“10.174 kg of suspected Amphetamine W.Y @ Yaba tablets were found to be inside the travel trolley of Jiten Wairokpam Singh. Upon examination of the suspect, it was ascertained that he was in conspiracy of trafficking the contraband drugs along with four others namely Akoijam Subhachandra Singh, Samphangso Shinglai, Nganba Wairokpham Chenglei and Nengneichong Lhanglal all of Manipur’s Thoubal and Ukhrul districts,” read the statement.

All five accused have been arrested and a case has been registered under the NDPS Act.

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