Shillong, Aug. 12: The BSF seized more than 5,000 bottles of Phensedyl along Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district yesterday.
The consignment was to be delivered to Silchar in Assam’s Cachar district.
BSF troops of Kuliang border outpost intercepted a truck (WB-41B-6238) at Sonapur bridge on National Highway 44.
A BSF official said after searching the vehicle, 5,940 bottles of Phensedyl worth Rs 5,19,750 were recovered from the truck.
Two Indian smugglers Rahim, 42, and the other, a minor hailing from Nadia district in West Bengal, were apprehended.
The BSF also seized iron materials weighing 15,536 kg, Rs 6,265 in cash, two mobile phones and five SIM cards.
During preliminary investigations, Rahim said the Phensedyl bottles were loaded at Narayanpur in Malda district of West Bengal and were to be delivered at Silchar.
The BSF official said that Phensedyl smugglers are now using other commodities to cover the illegal transportation of the codeine-containing cough syrup which is used to manufacture narcotic drugs.
In March this year, BSF troops had apprehended Phensedyl smugglers on the same bridge.