Imphal: In a continuous drive against illicit drugs and psychotropic substances, team of Anti-Drug Cell, Jiribam District Police has seized large quantity of banned tobacco products estimated to worth around Rs. 11 lakh from Leingangpokpi near the Office of the Drivers’ Union Jiribam along NH-37 on Thursday around 9:00 am.
According to police sources, a team of Anti-Drug Cell, Jiribam District Police led by ASI A. Krishna Sharma under the direct supervision of Additional SP (L&O) H. Basulal Singh conducted frisking and checking of goods carrying trucks playing along NH-37 at Leingangpokpi near the Office of the Drivers’ Union Jiribam on Thursday.
During the frisking and checking, goods carrying truck bearing registration number AS01 LC-2096, coming from Silchar, Assam towards Imphal was stopped for checking. On suspicious behavior of the driver and his handyman, the truck was checked and found large white plastic sacks containing banned tobacco products concealed underneath other boxes of eatable items and soft drinks.
The truck was brought to Jiribam Police Station and checked thoroughly in the presence of Additional SP (L&O) H. Basulal Singh and SI T. Rameshwor Singh and found many other boxes of different types of tobacco items concealed inside the truck.
The seized banned tobacco items include Golden Khaini 8640 pieces, LX Jafrani Zarda 300 packets, Luxury Pan Masala 324 packets, G-1 Tobacco 52 packets, Goa Pan Masala 52 packets, Kaka Khaini 2296 packets and SS-1 Tobacco 50 packets.
The approximate estimated value of the seized tobacco items is around Rs. 11 lakh in the local market.
The seized tobacco items have been handed over to Food Safety Officer, Jiribam for further necessary legal action, the source added.