Aizawl: Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department officials seized 2 kilos and 667 grams of heroin at a helipad within Thuampui neighbourhood of Aizawl on Thursday evening, department spokesperson Peter Zohmingthanga said on Friday.
Zohmingthanga said that a Tata Yodha pickup, used for transportation of the contraband was seized while two persons – Vankhuma (29) of Khawmawi village in Chin state of Myanmar and Lalţhazuala (29) of Thingthelh in Assam border Kolasib District, now residing at Bawngkawn North locality in Aizawl city were arrested for alleged trafficking and possession of the drugs.
The seized heroin was concealed under 2 second hand bales, and were smuggled from Myanmar to be sold outside Mizoram, he said.
The two accused persons were booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, he said, adding that they were produced befor the Special Judge (ND and PS Act) in Aizawl on Friday.
Though Mizoram, sharing 404-km long porous international border with Myanmar and the neighbouring country’s close proximity with the infamous Golden Triangle, remains one of the main routes for drug trafficking for years, the recent upsurge in drug smuggling is attributed by the law enforcement officials to 2021 military coup in Myanmar.
The officials also said that the current crisis in Manipur also must have contributed to the spike in the drug trafficking in Mizoram.
“As the Manipur-Myanmar border was sealed due to the ongoing violence in the neighbouring state, the drugs meant for passing through Manipur have been diverted to Mizoram since the ethnic strife which began on May 3,” one official opined.