Balasore: Continuing its crackdown on illegal sale of drugs, the Excise department today seized brown sugar worth Rs 16 lakh from Basta area of Balasore district and arrested a suspected drug peddler.

Acting on a tip-off, the Cuttack Central Excise Intelligence conducted raids in Basta area and seized 155 grams of brown sugar from one Abdul Farit Khan of Sadanandapur village. Cuttack Excise Inspector Jagdish Chandra Samal informed that Khan was arrested on charges of selling the contraband item.
Khan is being questioned about the source of the banned substance and his modus operandi, said sources.

A few days back 210 grams of brown sugar was seized in Jaleswar following a raid by the Excise department, added sources.

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