Silchar, Sept. 13: Cachar has become a hub of narcotics smuggled across the Indo-Myanmar border in Mizoram, according to BSF sources.
The BSF’s Cachar-Mizoram frontier sector headquarters in Masimpur cantonment arrived at this conclusion after quizzing heroin and other illegal drug runners arrested during the past three months in Mizoram and south Assam districts.
A source in BSF intelligence today said nearly 1kg heroin has been seized in both states by the BSF and police recently in the course of a few joint operations.
The source said the smuggled heroin is usually from the Golden Triangle of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. The smugglers make huge profits with 1kg cent per cent pure heroin, valued at Rs 75 lakh.
On August 15, a joint team of BSF and Assam police attacked a smugglers’ den at Sonatala village under Karimganj district and seized 300gram heroin.
BSF sources said the heroin-smuggling network in Patherkandi of North Tripura is now led by a Khasi man with links in Myanmar. The BSF also seized 30gram heroin on August 7 after two Myanmarese smugglers were arrested on August 7 in Aizawl.
The smugglers were identified as Lalbiatsan and Lalbiakchunga, both Myanmarese Mizos with their residence in Tahan town in Chin Hills state in Myanmar. A BSF official said the arrests have revealed only the tip of the iceberg and the big fishes usually manage to evade arrest.