STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 10th Mar: A team of Tengnoupal district police led by Moreh commando unit DSP Thomas Thokchom and Cdo Moreh in-charge inspector P Tarunkumar, assisted by a combined team of NAB and personnel from other security units arrested one Myanmarese national from Moreh Ward No 2 area on Friday evening and recovered huge quantity of heroin powder and WY tablets from his possession.
According to a source, the seized narcotic drugs included 30 packets of heroin powder concealed in 30 soap caps and 298 pieces of WY tablets. The seized drugs are estimated to worth about Rs 25,08,900 in the international market.
The arrested person has been identified as U Zaw Lin (33), son of U Mew Maung of Ein Chin Myain Phawng Pynmyo, Myanmar. He was rounded up during a special drive conducted by the said joint security team near Shree Angala Parmeshwari and Shree Muneeswar temple of Mroeh Ward No 2 around 7 pm Friday, the source added.
On the other-hand, continuing the drive against drugs and intoxicants launched by Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB), a combined security team destroyed poppy plants worth nearly Rs 6 crore at Hangoipat under Saikul sub-division in Kangpokpi district on Saturday.
NAB SP W Basu told media persons that a combined team of NAB, NCB, 7MR, forest department, horticulture department, Imphal East police and Saikul police conducted the drive against illegal poppy plantation spread over 83 acres at Hangoipat village in Saikul subdivision. The destroyed poppy plants would worth around Rs 5.81, he added.
Basu also disclosed that at least 36 successful operations against illegal poppy plantation have been conducted since the beginning of the year and poppy plants worth nearly Rs 130 crore spread over 1837 acres have been destroyed so far.
NAB superintendent Bikas Kumar, who also attended the press conference, told media persons that central agency NCB has been extending support to the drive against drugs and intoxicants in the state. He also said that Manipur is facing drug issue as the state share international boundary with Myanmar but different security agencies like NCB, NAB, state force and paramilitary forces will continue to launch joint drive against drugs.