Manipur : Huge drug heist along Indo -Myanmar border in Tengnoupal

October 9, 2017, 9:21 pm
By : Our Roving Editor
 
Moreh (Indo - Myanmar border )   : Troops recovered illegal  drugs worth about Rs 61 lakhs along Indo - Myanmar  border  on Monday .
 
Troops of the oldest paramilitary force,   Assam Rifles  apprehended four individuals with WY tablets at a Permanent Vehicle Check Post at Khudengthabi in Tengnoupal District  .
 
A blue colour 'Maruti A Star' vehicle bearing registration No. DL 8C P 3710 moving from Moreh to Imphal was  detained  for checking. Three individuals travelling in the vehicle requested  to be let off citing poor health of one of the occupants  father in Imphal.
 
After a through search, 3000 WY tablets worth Rs. 15 lakhs were recovered. The three were identified as  Ayub Shah  , Yusuf Ali and Md Akhtar all from  Lilong  inThoubal district of the state .All three were  handed over to the Moreh   police station  with the recovered stuff.
 
A title later, a silver colour Maruti Van bearing registration No. AS 01 AH 6821 moving from Moreh to Imphal was stopped at  a check post  in Khudengthabi . Troops seeing  the suspicious movement of the driver  carried out a  thorough search and  9125 WY tablets worth Rs. 45.62 lakhs were recovered. The man  identified as  Abdul Samad of Sora Mamang Leikai, Thoubal District  was also  handed over to the  Moreh Police.
 
Today, the cross-border trickle has become a torrent and everyone knows why the pills are so valuable: they are bound for secret laboratories   that churn out most of mainland Southeast Asia’s methamphetamine, or “meth”.
 
Cold pills contain pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient of meth, a highly addictive drug whose ever-soaring popularity is rattling governments across Asia.
 
The  current boom in meth production would be impossible without a recent surge in smuggled pseudoephedrine , say  narcotics experts.
 
The uninterrupted flow of the drug is highlighting a disconnect between countries in tackling a meth epidemic that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) calls Asia’s “number one drug threat”.
 
Meth is sold in pill form as “ya ba”, a Thai name meaning “crazy medicine”, or as a more potent, crystalline substance known as “crystal meth”, “ice” or “shabu”.
 

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