| The drug trafficker after his arrest in Imphal on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos |
Imphal, Oct. 3: The sleuths of narcotics and affairs of border (NAB), the anti-narcotics cell of Manipur police, today seized amphetamine tablets (used as recreational drugs) for the first time in the state.
The officer in-charge of NAB police station, Imphal, R.K. Vikramjit Singh, said a team of the NAB this morning arrested a drug trafficker along with 410 such tablets from New Checkon, a thickly-populated residential area in Imphal East district, in an operation carried out following specific information.
The arrested man, identified as Hemkhomang Haokip, 43, from S. Moljol village of Moreh in Chandel district, was staying at a rented house in the Imphal East area.
“We came across these tablets for the first time in the state. At first we did not know that it is a psychotropic drug known as ‘party drug’ or ‘world is yours’. We identified the nature of the drug only after laboratory testing,” the officer-in-charge told reporters.
He said the tablets came in different colours and smelled like chocolate. “They could easily be passed as vitamin tablets,” he said.
The accused first told the NAB team when he was caught that it those were vitamin tablets. The tablets were found in a plastic bottle inside his pocket.
Vikramjit Singh said Hemkhomang revealed during the preliminary interrogation that the tablets were brought from Myanmar.
“We are yet to know all the details. Only after a full interrogation we will be able to say how the drug is smuggled from Myanmar and where it is routed from Manipur,” the officer-in-charge said.
One such tablet costs Rs 250 in Myanmar and it is sold for Rs 1,500 per piece in the party circuit in big cities like Delhi, Calcutta and Mumbai, he added.
The value of the seized tablets is Rs 6.15 lakh in the party circuit.
The officials of the NAB said though there were reports of circulation of these drugs, known as WY in Manipur, for quite some time they could never be seized in the state.
Other drugs like SpasmoProxyvon are seized from time to time by the police and other security agencies.
“Because of the porous border, psychotropic drugs, including heroin, are being smuggled across the border regularly. Moreh, through which India has a border trade with Myanmar, is one of the transit points for drug smugglers,” a police source said.