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”.