Rs 2.5 crore worth of seized brown sugar

Odisha Crime Division Police Special Task Force (STF) busted drug trafficking racket by arresting three drug dealers and confiscating brown sugar worth over Rs 2.5 crore.

The drug dealers identified as Bhagirathi Bhatt, Biswajit Nayak, Chandan Mallik were caught with the banned substances in a raid by STF team near AIIM, Bhubaneswar. All the defendants were from Khordha district.

A transport of 2.58 kilograms of brown sugar worth over Rs 2.5 crore was seized in their possession.

During preliminary investigation, it was established that this was an interstate drug trafficking racket, as drugs purchased in Bengal were smuggled to major cities in the state.

The STF continues its well-orchestrated operation against drug traffickers across the state. And it pays rich dividends. Over the past 30 months, the STF has seized 54 kilograms of brown sugar. The narcotic substances seized are said to have earned drug traffickers nearly Rs 54 crore on the black market.

In addition, approximately 103 quintals of cannabis were also seized during the period by STF with more than 150 drug traffickers put behind bars.

Banned substances are heading to Odisha from Murshidabad in West Bengal. The district of Balasore, bordering Bengal, has become the gateway for drug trafficking networks in the state. The source point of the brown sugar trade in the state originated in Murshidabad, the officials said.

Rachel J. Bradford