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Illegal Myanmar-made cigarettes seized in Assam

IANS  |  Guwahati 

The (CID) of the Police has seized over 21,500 illegal Burmese cigarettes valued at Rs 4.3 lakh from Guwahati, exposing the spike in of goods between and India's northeastern region.

"We received a tip-off about the consignment and raided a house in Panjabari area on Wednesday. We have recovered 43 cartons of Myanmar-made cigarettes. We have also arrested one Md. of for his involvement in the smuggling," said of Police (CID) L.on Thursday.

Bishnoi said that cross-border of drugs has become a matter of concern for the police.

"The CID alone has registered over 450 cases under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in 2018. This is just the tip of the iceberg as so many agencies are working," he said adding that over 3 million psychotropic tablets, 1.25 lakh bottles of cough syrup, seven kgs of heroin and over 10,000 kgs of cannabis were seized by the CID in last year.

He said the smugglers normally bring these drugs by road from "They first take these consignments to from and then to Dimapur from where these are routed to and other places. Our location is very close to the and hence the menace is more here," said Bishnoi.

"The profit margin is very high in this illegal trade and hence people take it up. Md. confessed that his cut for the consignment of cigarettes was Rs 90,000. The cost of one kg of heroin is Rs 1 crore. So one can well imagine the money involved in the illegal drugs trade," Bishnoi added.



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 20:44 IST