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Drug smuggler held with brown sugar worth Rs 1.6 cr

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 14 | Publish Date: 5/14/2019 11:00:49 AM IST

Troops of Assam Rifles seized Brown Sugar worth around Rs 1.6 crore in the international market on Tuesday. 

The contraband item was recovered from an auto-rickshaw during a check by troops of Tengnoupal Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (S) at its permanent vehicle check post (PVCP) at Khudengthabi along NH-102 in Tengnoupal district today, a release of the IGAR(S) said.   

The troops also apprehended the alleged drug smuggler identified as Jampao Khungsai (40) son of late Gaukhojan Khongsai of Khudengthabi village under Moreh police station of Tengnoupal district.

The alleged smuggler carried the contraband item by concealing it in his auto-rickshaw. Based on specific input from a reliable source, a team from Khudengthabi post stopped a black colour auto-rickshaw, without registration number travelling from Moreh to Khudnegthabi. 

During a thorough check of the auto-rickshaw, 42 packets of orange coloured powder suspected to be Brown Sugar and weighing approximately 582 gms (including packing material) were found hidden inside the body of the auto-rickshaw.  The contraband was being transported by a person later identified Jampao Khungsai (40) son of late Gaukhojan Khongsai of Khudengthabi village under Moreh police station of Tengnoupal district.

There were no other passengers in the auto-rickshaw. The approximate cost of Brown Sugar is Rs 1.16 crore, the release said.   

Assam Rifles is determined to prevent smuggling of narcotics and contraband items through the area thereby protecting the youth of the country from drug abuse, the released added.

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