Jeypore: Even as most districts in Odisha remain under lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19, criminals are coming up with new tricks to dodge police surveillance for smuggling narcotics substances.
In one such incident that exposed the innovative modus operandi of the smugglers, Ganja (dry cannabis) worth over Rs 1 crore has been seized by the police from an Oxygen cylinder-laden truck in Jeypore of Koraput district.
Senior police officials said that around 1,277 kilograms of Ganja was seized from the truck which was transporting the contraband from Koraput to Lucknow. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the case.
“Based on the information we intercepted the truck on Friday. We have arrested two accused including the driver following the seizure. Both the accused hail from Punjab,” said Jeypore SDPO, Arup Abhisekh Behera.
According to Behera, the Oxygen cylinders had arrived from Vietnam and were being transported to Delhi from Visakhapatnam port.
The Ganja was loaded into the truck from some place in Koraput district. The arrested driver claimed that some persons asked him to deliver the Ganja consignment at a specific point by offering him Rs 1 lakh for the job, police said.
In another major breakthrough, #Jeypore_Sadar_Police seized a huge cache of Ganja weighing around 1277 kgs concealed by oxygen cylinders. Also seized one Truck & arrested two accused persons with reference to PS case no. 104 dt. 12.06.2021 U/ S 20(b)(ii)(C) NDPS Act.@DGPOdisha pic.twitter.com/HopB7e0huL— Koraput Police (@SPkoraput) June 12, 2021
Earlier, 1577 kilograms of Ganja had been seized from an oil tanker in Koraput in January this year. The consignment was being transported from Lamtaput in the district to Bihar.
In October last year, the Ganjam police had intercepted an ambulance near Budhamba crossing in Kabisuryangar police station and recovered 256 kg cannabis hidden inside PPE kits.
Senior police officials claimed that the bulk of the Ganja consignments from Odisha are being illegally transported to various parts of the country through different routes. Already a massive crackdown has been launched by the Odisha Police and the Special Task Force (STF) of the Crime Branch against illegal narcotics trade since the past two years.