KAIMUANTHANG MANGTE CCPUR, 9th Jan:
Three persons were arrested in a drug bust at Old Bazar area of Churachandpur district by the district police on January 5.
Talking to media persons in his office Tuesday, Superintendent of Police (SP) Churachandpur Rakesh Balwal, informed that the three persons, including two women, were caught red handed by the district police in connection with drug dealing worth around Rs 12.99 lakh from a hotel of Old Bazar area.
Although the opium consignment could not be recovered as it had been transported before the police arrived, the cash transacted was seized.
Speaking about the events leading to the arrest of the trio, Rakesh confided that the police received specific information that a huge consignment of opium was to be exchanged with cash as part of a drug deal between some seasoned drug dealers/smugglers.
Acting on this information, a team led sub-inspectors James Vaiphei and Thanglyanmang Paite under the supervision of Additional SP (L and O) Churachandpur cornered one of the suspects in front of a hotel at Old Bazar area at about 1 pm on January 5. The man tried to escape in a two wheeler vehicle (Activa) upon seeing the police, but was immediately apprehended along with the vehicle.
The SP further said that during initial questioning, the arrested man identified as Thangkholet Haokip, son of ( L) Ngulkhosei of S Canaan Veng of Churachandpur, disclosed that his wife Lhaikholet Haokip and the opium owner Chingsuankim Ngaihte of T Minjang village were negotiating the price of 13 kilogram of opium inside the hotel. Following the input, police raided the hotel wherein both the ladies were found negotiating on the price of the opium. Lhaikhohat was about to hand over an amount of Rs 12.99 lakh to Chingsuankim Ngaihte, when police entered the hotel room.
The SP further informed that although the money was seized immediately, they were unable to recover the opium as it had already been transported away by one Nengkhongah Baite of Moljol village and her associates just before the police team arrived. Police continued to search at different directions, the opium could not be located.
The police team then apprehended the trio and also seized the cash, the vehicles involved and their mobile phones. An FIR No. 2(01)2018 CCP PS u/s 27A / 29 ND and PS has also been registered in this connection and efforts are underway to trace the remaining suspects and the opium consignment, the SP conveyed.