Silchar, July 11: The BSF, along with the CID (special branch) of Mizoram police, conducted a raid at Bethlehem Veng in Aizawl on Wednesday and seized 52 packets of a new variety of methamphetamine.
The narcotics, valued at Rs 2.67 crore in the international markets, was seized from a peddler from Myanmar.
BSF sources said a Myanmarese-Mizo national, Lalzawmliana, 52, was picked up as the kingpin of the cross-border smuggling racket from the frontier sector headquarters in Masimpur cantonment, nearly 6km west from Silchar.
The sources said the peddler is an inhabitant of Tahan village in Chin Hills of Myanmar, and he had procured the narcotics from Tamu township on the India-Myanmar border.
This is the tenth haul of this drug, which has of late become quite a rage among addicts in Mizoram and its peddlers.
Narcotics specialists in the BSF and the state’s excise department said this methamphetamine is an exotic variety, known as WY tablets, and comprise a medley of chemicals.
Unlike the addiction of the pure methamphetamine, which generally peps up the average addict, these pseudoephedrine tablets give a sense of euphoria without drowsiness for a day or two.
This drug, banned in this country, is procured by peddlers from India or Myanmar, processed in underground laboratories run by insurgents and then smuggled back into Mizoram.
They are then smuggled to various parts of the country and even overseas.
Satish Budakoti, the deputy inspector-general of the BSF frontier sector in Masimpur, said in a press release last night that the seizure of these WY tablets was an outcome of a meticulous planning of this frontier border guard and the effective co-ordination with Mizoram police force.