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END seizes 848 grams of heroin, arrests 8 in yet another drug bust

 

Aizawl: In yet another successful operation, the Mizoram Excise and Narcotics Department (END) officials have made significant strides in their fight against drug trafficking. 

Over the past 12 hours, they recovered a total of 848 grams of heroin from two separate locations. 

Among the individuals apprehended were three non-tribals, according to department spokesperson Peter Zohmingthanga.

The first seizure took place on Monday night when 22 grams of heroin were found in the possession of Lalrinchhana, 29, a resident of Champhai town near the Myanmar border. 

The officials swiftly carried out another operation in the early hours of Tuesday, this time in Keifang, approximately 75 kilometers east of Aizawl, resulting in the recovery of 826 grams of heroin and the arrest of four individuals. 

The suspects were identified as Zosangliani, 29, from Keifang village, Khaineihthang, 23, from Ngaizawl village, Pausianmuang, 38, from Champhai town, and Langkhanchin, 42, from Ngaizawl village.

Following the interrogation of the detainees, authorities arrested three additional individuals in Aizawl’s Bawngkawn neighbourhood. These individuals, identified as Ajijur Rohman, 22, from Sonabarighat in Assam, Ajib Uddin, 27, from Silchar, Assam, and Garbez Hussein, 21, from Silchar, Assam, were planning to transport the contraband out of the state.

In addition to the arrests, law enforcement also impounded two vehicles that were being used for drug trafficking.

All eight suspects have been charged under the relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. They were produced before the special court (ND & PS Act) and subsequently remanded to judicial custody for 14 days before being transferred to the Central Jail on Tuesday.

The recent surge in drug busts can be attributed to the political unrest in neighbouring Myanmar and Manipur, as drug traffickers have increasingly chosen Mizoram as a preferred route. 

An official from the department stated, “Busting drug rings has become almost a daily routine for us,” emphasising that the rise in heroin seizures does not necessarily indicate a flourishing market within Mizoram. 

“The majority of the heroin was intended for destinations outside Mizoram,” the official added.

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