Balasore: A Special Task force (STF) team of the State Crime Branch seized around 1.5 kgs of Brown sugar from a person in Balasore on Wednesday.
The approximate market value of the contraband seized is estimated to be over Rs 1 Crore.
Acting on a tip from a source, the STF team launched an operation to track down the smuggler and successfully arrested him from NH 16 near Laxmannath Check Gate with the contraband red-handed.
The arrested smuggler is identified as SK Munaf Husen of Jhadeswar P.s. Jaleswar.
It's worth mentioning here that the State police has intensified its anti-narcotics operations all over the states in the last few months to make Odisha drug-free.
Two drug peddlers were arrested by the STF from Panikoili, Jajpur on February 15, 2021 with 185 gms of Brown Sugar worth over Rs 1 lakh possession.
The Excise department had also arrested a woman during a raid at one of the hideouts of a notorious smuggler in Palasuni this year on February 17 with 185 grams of Brown Sugar.
Apart from this, the Excise department seized Brown Sugar worth 7 lakhs from a hotel in Cuttack on February 21, 2021.
The STF has conducted raids at various places in the last two months and detected 7cases against various drug pedlers including the above noted case and also seized a total of 4 kg 560 gms of Brown Sugar, 2000 kg Ganja and other incriminating materials.