Imphal: In continuation of drive conducted as a part of Manipur government’s ‘War on Drugs’ a team of Imphal West police nabbed three drug smugglers and seized contraband drugs, Opium weighing 25.279 kg on Saturday morning.
The three drug smugglers were idntified as one Jangminlen Vaiphei, 35, son of late Thangtilal Vaiphei of Motbung Bazaar; Mangsat Haokip, 49, son of late Thanglei Haokip of Motbung and Nemneilhing Thouthang, 32, wife of Jangthang Touthang of KS Lhangnom village. All belonged to Kangpokpi district.
Police said team of the district police narcotics cell under the supervision of superintendent of police, Imphal West, S. Ibomcha Singh conducted frisking and checking of the passers-by along Tiddim road at about 3 am.
During the operation one SUV (Duster) grey in colour bearing registration number MN02G-1282 were detained for checking which was coming from Churachandpur towards Imphal near Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Changangei, Imphal West, it added.
On examination and verification of the three occupants inside the vehicle in presence of executive magistrate and civil witnesses, 26 plastic packets suspected to be containing Opium (Kaani) were detected.
A case has been registered and the apprehended persons along with the seizures have been handed over to Lamphel police station for further investigation.