Tinsukia, July 15: An opium dealer was arrested from Phillobari in Assam's Tinsukia district after 1.6kg of opium was recovered from his house today.
Excise superintendent Himan Jyoti Bora said, "Based on specific information, we conducted a raid this morning and recovered 1.6kg of opium, valued ar Rs 1.6 lakh, from the house of Prakash Chetry. During interrogation, Prakash, who has been arrested, revealed that he had purchased the opium from a person in Manipur and transported it to Tinsukia through road via Dimapur."
He added: "In the past few years, activity of drug mafia and peddlers has risen steeply."
The opium haul comes within a week of seizure of 7kg ganja from Tinsukia town indicating that drug mafia have established deep roots in Tinsukia district and Arunachal Pradesh.