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76-year-old arrested with drugs worth Rs 33.6 lakhs

F Sangthanga is the father of a woman named Janet who was caught last week with a small consignment of about 2000 tablets.

By: Express News Service | Aizawl | Published: August 6, 2015 6:28:57 pm

Mizoram Police on Thursday arrested a 76 year old man with 1.98 lakh methamphetamine precursor tablets valued at about Rs 33.6 lakhs in Aizawl.

Police said neighbourhood authorities saw F Sangthanga moving some bags around on Thursday morning and grew suspicious, eventually reporting him to the Special Narcotics Police.

F Sangthanga is the father of a woman named Janet, a single mother of four kids who had eluded Crime Investigation Department sleuths last week in Aizawl but who later turned herself in to police almost 200 kms away at Champhai town on Tuesday with 50 kgs of the precursor drugs, formally known as pseudoephedrine.

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The CID men had caught his daughter last week with a small consignment of about 2000 tablets but could not get her to tell where she kept the rest of the precursor drugs even after detailed interrogation, a senior investigator said, adding he suspects the stash recovered from her father was likely that.

Police in Champhai meanwhile said they have sent samples to forensics and results are not in yet and so could not determine whether the consignment Janet turned herself in with is real or fake.

Pseudoephedrine is the one of the main pharmaceutical preparations used to manufacture methamphetamine or meth, a party drug considered one of the most dangerous and addictive narcotics in the world and which is manufactured on a large scale by some ethnic armies and drug cartels in Myanmar.

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