Brown sugar worth over Rs 8 crore seized, 1 detained

Imphal: Security forces on Friday arrested a smuggler with brown sugar worth about Rs 8.6 crore from Tengnoupal district.

According to the official press release, troops of 20 Assam Rifles seized 99 boxes of soap containing brown sugar from a four-wheeled vehicle during a routine vehicle check in Khudengthabi, along the Imphal-Moreh highway.

The contraband weighing 4,301 grams was concealed inside the door panels and under the center seat of the vehicle. The troops estimated that the seized drugs were worth Rs 8.6 crore on the international market, the statement said.

The arrested person was identified as Thangkhole Taothang from Churachandpur district.

The recovered narcotics, along with the peddler, were handed over to Moreh Police for further investigation.

In another incident, based on specific information, a team of Assam Rifles in Tengnoupal was sent to patrol near Chalwa Junction and troops spotted suspicious packages in the thick jungle foliage on Saturday.

During a thorough search, the troops recovered contraband items worth Rs 8.75 lakh from the parcels. The recovered items were turned over to the Customs Preventive Force (CPF) for further investigation.

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