In a major drug haul in Manipur,the Thoubal district police have seized over 12.5 lakh tablets of the contraband pseudoephedrine worth around Rs 20 crore and arrested five people,including a Manipur Rifles jamadar.
SP A K Jhalajit Singh said a police party going to Thoubal from Imphal found occupants of a Maruti Gypsy and a Ford Ikon parked close to National Highway 102 exchanging bags in a suspicious manner at around 7.30 pm on Tuesday. They were searched and 22,560 strips of Brumet,26,320 strips of Polyfed C and 78 packets,each containing 10,000 loose tablets,of pseudoephedrine,seized. The haul near Chaobok Lamkhai is the third major this year in the state. On January 11,a team of Imphal West police had seized pseudoephedrine hydrochloride worth Rs 1.4 crore from Tulihal airport. A month later,Defence PRO Ajay Chowdhury and aides were picked up by Thoubal commandos from Pallel carrying drugs worth Rs 25 crore to the Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh.
The accused told the police the drugs were given to them by one Md Nanao of Lilong in Thoubal district and were to be transported to Myanmar. Psychotropic drugs,which are of very poor quality and scarce in Myanmar,are transported from UP,Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to Imphal and later to to Tamu in Myanmar via Moreh. The drugs are then processed to extract pure form of the chemicals and heroin,ecstasy and WY tablets are manufactured.