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Breaking Bad: Major crystal meth seizure in Mizoram

Aizawl: The Excise & Narcotics department achieved a remarkable feat reminiscent of the popular TV series “Breaking Bad” in its tireless 24×7 battle against cross-border drug smuggling in Mizoram. 

On September 21, at around 10:45 pm, department personnel successfully confiscated four kilograms of crystal meth.

The contraband was discovered in the possession of a 33-year-old Myanmarese national identified as Lalrinzauva, who had been residing in a refugee camp at Zokhawthar village on the Indian side of the border.

Department spokesperson Peter Zohmingthanga highlighted that this seizure is among the largest of crystal meth to date, despite the department’s prior successes in apprehending significant quantities of conventional methamphetamine. 

In the international market, a kilogram of crystal meth could fetch an astonishing Rs 1.8 lakh.

These drugs were traced back to Myanmar and were intended for destinations beyond Mizoram state. It’s important to note that meth and crystal meth have not yet gained widespread popularity among drug users in Mizoram.

In a related development, authorities in Meghalaya reported a similar seizure on September 3, where 10 kilograms of crystal meth were intercepted from a resident of Mizoram. This marked the first large-scale crystal meth seizure in Meghalaya. 

Crystal meth, known by various street names such as ice, blade crystal, and glass, is a potent variant of methamphetamine (meth) that induces an extended high lasting up to 24 hours.

Unlike traditional meth in pill or powder form, crystal meth resembles glass fragments or shimmering, blue-white rocks of varying sizes.

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