Imphal: I two separate operations, Modi Battalion of Assam Rifles under aegis of IGAR (S) foiled smuggling of Heroin and Khangra wood in Chandel district and Areca Nuts in Kakching district on Wednesday and Thursday.
Based on specific intelligence, troops of Assam Rifles launched a search operation in Old Songyang, Chandel district. After intense search, two cartons well concealed under the foliage were recovered. The cartons contained 188 soap cases of Heroin weighing approximately 1.88 Kg worth Rs 7.52 crore. Seized items were handed over to the Narcotics Control Board, Imphal on Thursday, the Assam Rifles said.
In another intelligence based operation launched by Assam Rifles in Chandel district. The troops seized Khangra wood worth of Rs 8 lakh which were being ferried in three buses. Seized timber along with the buses and nine traffickers were handed over to the range officer, forest department, Chandel district, it added.
In another operation, at a Mobile Vehicle Check post along Pallel – Imphal axis. The troops intercepted a TATA DI vehicle plying on the road on Wednesday and another TATA DI vehicle on Thursday which resulted in recovery of 137 bags of Areca Nnts along with several other contraband items. The amount of the seized goods is assessed to be worth Rs 75.23 lakh. The seized goods along with a vehicle and two traffickers were handed over to Customs Preventive Force, Kakching district, it said.
The total seized items in different operations resulted in recovery of narcotics and contraband items of worth Rs 8.35 crore, it added.