Imphal: Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) police recovered 5000 Codeine Phosphate syrup bottles from two persons carrying them in a van on Thursday.
In view of the recent detection of illicit trafficking of narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances along highways in goods carrying vehicles and private vehicles, NAB Manipur conducted random checking of vehicles along highways as well as strategic routes.
At about 4.30 pm, a team of NAB PS conducted random checking near Lilong Bridge area along Indo-Myanmar road. In that one TATA Magic, white in colour, bearing registration number MN-04A 5739 was detained and checked. In that 50 carton boxes were found inside the vehicle along with two occupants who identified themselves as BM. Md. Sabir Khan, 23, son of BM. Md. Abdul Rahaman, resident of Lilong Litan Makhong, Thoubal District, Manipur, and Phundreimayum Md. Imaran Khan, 36, son of Md. Naijib Ahamad, resident of Sangaiyumpham Nungouphou Mathak Leikai, Thoubal district, Manipur, NAB police said.
As the two occupants did not give proper specifications of the contents in the carton boxes, spot checking was conducted. In that suspected Codeine Phosphate Syrup bottles were found in the carton boxes. They revealed that the suspected drugs were carried from Sangaiyumpham to deliver at Mantripukhri. They also revealed that each carton box contained 100 bottles of suspected Codeine Phosphate Syrup, it added.
The two individuals were arrested at 5.50 pm at a place north of Lilong bridge.
The syrup in bottles and the van were seized.
A case is registered at NAB PS and investigation is initiated, NAB police said.