Imphal: Two teams of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB), Manipur while going towards the foothills along Imphal-Ukhrul Road for surveillance of suspected poppy and ganja cultivation on Wednesday, spotted one Alto car bearing registration No. WB-02Q-7488 coming towards Imphal at Gwaltabi foothill area at about 4:30 pm.
On suspicion, the vehicle was stopped and checked and found one person namely, Vareihao Tinphei (62 yrs), son of late Zurrei Tinphei, of Shangshak Phunghon Village, Ukhrul District, carrying a black polythene bag containing 10 (ten) packets of suspected articles. On checking the small packets they were found to be brown sugar, weighing approximately 5 kg.
The person was arrested at 6:30 pm and the brown sugar was seized along with the Alto Car and other incriminating items including his mobile phone. On spot verification, he revealed that the suspected contraband brown sugar was delivered to him by 3(three) persons in the Manipur-Nagaland border.
He took it to Ukhrul District and tried to sell it at Imphal at an opportune time. As he was coming to Imphal, he was intercepted and arrested by the NAB teams. Further investigation is being carried out to establish the chain of drug trafficking and to arrest other associates. A case has been registered at NAB-PS, Manipur, as per a press note.