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9 kg of meth recovered in Aizawl

Aizawl: Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department officials seized one lakh tablets (9 kilos and 782 grams) of Methamphetamine in Aizawl’s Edenthar neighbourhood and arrested five people in this connection on Tuesday, department spokesperson Peter Zohmingthanga said.

Zohmingthanga said that Manik Debnath, 39, a resident of Bagber, Tripura West;  Ram Chandra Das, 35, a resident of Sepahijala, Tripura West;  Zonunsanga, 32, Lalruatzela, 31, and Khawpuimawia, 32, residents of Khawmawi, Myanmar, now residing in Aizawl were arrested for alleged illegal possession of the contraband.

The accused persons reportedly told interrogators that the Methamphetamine tablets were smuggled from Tahan in Kalaymyo township of Myanmar’s Sagaing Division and to be transported to other states outside Mizoram by Debnath and Das.

They were booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

Zohmingthanga, when asked about the local prevailing rates of the Methamphetamine, said that there is no fixed local prevailing rate as the rate fluctuates between Rs 100 to Rs 250 a tablet.

“There are no Methamphetamine users in the state as per our information, resulting in selling of the drugs outside the state,” he said, adding that with no users or buyers in the state, the local rate cannot be determined.

Meanwhile, the state Police seized 1 kilo and 166 grams of heroin at Sethawn village in Assam border Kolasib district from a Gypsy car and arrested 4 persons from Manipur in this connection on Tuesday.

The accused who reportedly smuggled the contraband from Moreh in Manipur are – Seikholen Khongsai, 45, resident of Saikot, Churachandpur, Manipur; Demmingthang, 36, of Jolzam, Churachandpur, Manipur; Lhunminlal Khongsai, 30, of Uchatampak Chandel District, Manipur and Jamkhotinsat, 36, of V Haipijang, Chakpikarong, Chandel District, Manipur.

Criminal cases under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 were registered against the accused persons at Kolasib Police Station and produced before a district court on Tuesday. 

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