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The district police of West Garo Hills (WGH), Meghalaya on Sunday informed that it is on the lookout for members of a drug-peddling gang after they arrested one member with over 9200 YABA tablets in a 'breakthrough' on January 22.
As per information received, a gang of inter-state smugglers was transporting contraband psychotropic substances across Meghalaya-Assam border using the AMPT road (Phulbari—Rajabala—Hallidayganj), the Anti Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) of WGH swung into action and set up naka checkpoints at various junctions.
The ANTF team was led by the SDPO of Dadenggre and included various officers of Rajabala and Selsella.
Acting on a tip-off, the ANTF stopped a 32-year-old resident of a village near Rajabala while he was travelling on a motorcycle through the checkpoints.
During a search, police recovered 9623 YABA tablets (Methamphetamine) weighing about 967.55 grams from his possession. His motorcycle was also taken into custody.
“We have registered an FIR under sections of the NDPS Act. Our initial investigation has pointed to a gang that has been running a drug smuggling racket between the states of Assam and Meghalaya. Our efforts are on to nab the rest of the criminal gang,” Superintendent of Police, WGH, Dr MGR Kumar said.
Garo Hills police have been extremely active in its fight against drugs and its abuse which has led to many petty and major drug peddlers falling into the police net this year across the five districts of Garo Hills, with the latest being the arrest of two peddlers from within Tura itself, just a few days ago, Kumar added.
Meanwhile, the WGH police appealed to residents to be aware of the drug abuse menace and to report any such suspicious activities.
They added that there was also a need to exercise precautions and join hands with the police to save children and youth from becoming victims to drug abuse.
(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)