Himansu Shekhar Rout

Acting on intelligence input, a team of Special Task Force (STF) of the Odisha Police Crime Branch, arrested a drug peddler and seized over 1 kg of brown sugar from him in the Tigiria area of Cuttack on Tuesday evening.
In a press statement, police said that the accused has been identified as Suryakanta Mantry (32), a resident of Bindhanima under Tigiria police limits. 

Acting on a tipoff, the STF official raided the area and seized brown sugar weighing 1022 gm, apart from seizing various incriminating materials. 

Sources said the accused person failed to produce any valid documents in support of possessing the banned substance.  The accused would be produced at the court of the Additional Sessions-cum-Special Judge, Athagarh. 

The STF has registered a case in this connection under section 21(C) of the NDPS Act 1985. Further investigation into the matter is on. This arrest has come amid an ongoing special drive against narcotic drugs. Since 2020, the STF has seized over 73 Kg of brown sugar/heroin, 202 gm of cocaine, and more than 116 quintals of marijuana, 750 gm of opium. Over 183 drug dealers have been arrested so far.