Poonam Singh

Koraput/Berhampur: Continuing with its crackdown on illegal Ganja trade in the State, Odisha police has seized around Rs 2 crore worth Ganja from Koraput and Berhampur in the last two days.

Semiliguda Police on Sunday seized around 15.77 quintal of Ganja near Daliamba chhak while it was being illegally transported in a tanker trunk. The market value of the seized contraband is estimated to be more than Rs 75 Lakh, said police sources.

The Semiliguda Police were reportedly patrolling at the Daliamba chhak area when they intercepted the tanker. The three peddlers, who were inside the vehicle, fled the spot leaving the vehicle behind.

Meanwhile, police have seized the contraband and launched a manhunt to nab the miscreants.

Similarly, the Excise department officials on Saturday seized around 20 quintals of Ganja from a poultry feed-laden truck near Kanisi area on NH-16 in Berhampur in Ganjam district.

Reportedly, one drug peddler was detained in connection with the illegal trade. The seized Ganja may worth more than Rs 1 crore, said sources.

Miscreants are reportedly using different techniques to smuggle narcotic substances like Ganja (dry cannabis) in the State. However, they have been futile in their plan as Odisha police has been regularly conducting patrolling and have seized the narcotic substances across the State in the past few months.

Besides, police have also successfully nabbed several drug peddlers who were involved in drug peddling.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)