Aizawl: The Mizoram Excise and Narcotics Department on Friday made a major breakthrough by confiscating a whopping 5 kilograms and 114 grams of heroin. This achievement marks the largest heroin haul at a single instance for the department, as announced by spokesperson Peter Zohmingthanga on Saturday.
Zohmingthanga revealed that a joint operation with the Assam Rifles led to the arrest of seven individuals, including four non-tribals from Tripura. The contraband, skillfully concealed in 436 soap cases, was found hidden behind the seats of two vehicles registered in Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.
Following the interrogation of two suspects and subsequent investigations conducted by the Excise and Narcotics Department, additional arrests were made.
Lalngilneii, aged 44, and Zoramchuana, aged 49, both residents of Hnahlan village in the Champhai District bordering Myanmar, along with Vungkhanthawma, aged 23, from Champhai town, Amir Hussain, aged 31, residing in Madhya Boxanagar, Boxanagar District, Tripura, and Sukanta Karmakar, aged 35, hailing from Champak Nagar, Jirania District, Tripura, were apprehended on Friday evening.
Zohmingthanga disclosed that the seized contraband had been smuggled from Myanmar with the intention of being sold outside Mizoram. The accused individuals have been booked under the relevant sections of the Narcotics Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, at the Narcotics Station in Aizawl.
The seven suspects were produced before an Aizawl court, which subsequently remanded them to judicial custody for a period of 14 days, leading to their transfer to the Central Jail. This significant operation reflects the Mizoram Excise and Narcotics Department’s continued commitment to combating the illicit drug trade in the region.