All the four drug peddlers were arrested following a raid yesterday. Brown sugar (Heroin) weighing 1100 gm worth Rs 1 crore, one motorcycle and other incriminating materials have been seized from their possession.
During the investigation, the Crime Branch came to know that Suresh used to go to Murshidabad to procure brown sugar.
The STF personnel nabbed Suresh when he went to Baghmari area in Khordha district. Besides the contraband, a motorcycle was also seized from his possession.
Official sources said that 220 tonnes of ganja were seized in 1434 cases while the brown sugar was seized in 129 cases
STF SP, Kishore Panigrahy said, “Yesterday, we got information that a person had brought brown sugar and stored it at his house at Unit-8 area in Bhubaneswar. Subsequently, a raid was conducted and the 1 Kg 107 grams of brown sugar was seized from him.”
According to source, a team of Odisha STF and Assam police arrested the drug peddler. Earlier in December, 1.335 kg of brown sugar, a car and other incriminating materials were seized from his possession.
According to sources, three persons of a family from Ramachandi village and one from Ranapur area in Nayagarh district have been arrested for smuggling the brown sugar.
Following a tip off, the police had put up a barricade at Keshura and nabbed the peddlers once they tried to cross it.
The drugs peddler, identified as Hara Prasad Prusty, was arrested from Narayani Pitha near Kantilo under Fategarh Police Station on Sunday evening. Brown sugar weighing 1 Kg 190 gram was seized from his possession.
So far, the STF has been successful in launching an intensive crackdown on several illegal activities including narcotics trade in different parts of Odisha.
As per STF, two drug peddlers- Jumesh Kumar Sahoo and Hemant Kumar Pradhan have been arrested during the raid following the assistance of Cuttack district police on Saturday evening.
As per senior police officials, the drug peddler, identified as Sarat Behera, was wanted in a narcotics case registered recently.
The peddler arrested from near Khordha-Jatni bypass, has been identified as Rakesh Samantaray, alias Raka. As per reports, the accused hails from Andharua under Ranapur Police limits in Nayagrah District.
A massive haul of brown sugar weighing around 10.6 kg was seized from Phuladi area in Balasore on Friday.
As many as six persons, including the kingpin from Madhya Pradesh were arrested.
Brown sugar valued at Rs 1 crore has been seized by the Odisha police during a raid at Havelipadia under Khordha town police station, an official said on Saturday.
The registration of NDPS cases has increased from 243 till August '21 to 739 till August this year, registering a growth of 204 per cent.
The revelation in Chandu murder case served as a wake-up call to the police who, considering the festive season ahead, tightened their noose around drug mafia and arrested five drug mafia in 24 hours.
The Special Task Force on Friday seized a huge haul of brown sugar worth over Rs 5 crore during a raid on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
While Kapildev is a resident of West Bengal, Rashmiranjan belongs to Jankia in Khurda district. Police also seized fake photos and voter identity cards from their possession.