As­sam po­lice seizes il­le­gal Myan­mar-made cig­a­rettes

Mizzima Business Weekly - - BUSINESS ALERTS -

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.

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