Assam police seizes illegal Myanmar-made cigarettes
Assam Police in India seized more than 21,500 illegal Myanmar-made cigarettes valued at Rs 430,000 (US$ 6,174) from Guwahati, exposing the spike in smuggling of contraband goods between Myanmar and India's northeastern region, reported the Business Standard. "We received a tip-off about the consignment and raided a house in Panjabari area on Wednesday. We have recovered 43 cartons of Myanmar-made cigarettes. We have also arrested one Md. Abdul Wahid of Manipur for his involvement in the smuggling," said India’s Additional Director General of Police (CID) L.R. Bishnoi. He said that cross-border smuggling of drugs becomes a matter of concern for the police. "The CID alone has registered over 450 cases under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in 2018. This is just the tip of the iceberg as so many agencies are working," he said adding that more than 3 million psychotropic tablets, 125,000 bottles of cough syrup, 7 kg of heroin and over 10,000 kg of cannabis were seized by the CID in Assam last year. Smugglers normally bring these drugs by road from Myanmar, he said.