Drug trafficking in Mizoram on the rise, Meth tablets seized in Lunglei

Aizawl: After 18 years of liquor ban in Mizoram and opened for the spirits of many, another menace which has loomed the state for many years is still awaiting to be tackled. Mizoram, which shares a 404-km unfenced border with Myanmar serves as a two-way route for cross-border drug trafficking. Border Security Force(BSF) tabled a report to the external affairs ministry on routes which were identified as smuggling banned drug pseudoephedrine into Myanmar.

Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department in a joint operation with BSF officials seized 15,000 Methamphetamine tablets in Lunglei town. In this connection three persons Lalmuanpuia (38), Lalchhuanpuia (28) and Vanlalrengpuia (28) were detained for further questioning and booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

Companies in Delhi and Haryana are supposedly manufacturing the tablets transporting in trucks to Guwahati from where they are taken to Manipur or Mizoram before entering Myanmar. Surprisingly Karimganj and Silchar are also seen as transit points.

Speaking to newsmen, the spokesperson said that the seized contraband reportedly smuggled from Myanmar was worth around Rs.52.50 lakh in the local market.

Besides the flow of heroin into Mizoram, pseudo-ephedrine tablets are being smuggled into Myanmar where they are converted into methamphetamine in clandestine laboratories mostly run by militants gaining seed money which later used to procure weapons in the black market.

The cross border infiltration of contraband has left a question mark on security agencies and check-gate system.

(TNT News with inputs from The Hindu)
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