Officials of the Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department have seized over 796 gms of heroin worth Rs 31.84 lakh from two districts, and arrested six persons including two women, an official said on Monday.
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According to reports, the officials seized the contraband from Ruantlang village, near the Indo-Myanmar border, and Champhai town on Saturday and also from the state capital on Sunday, said the department’s spokesperson Peter Zohmingthanga.
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The accused were arrested for their alleged involvement in smuggling of the heroin and booked under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, the official further added.
It has been reported that the accused were produced before the respective district courts and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
Four Indian states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland -- share international boundaries with Myanmar.
It may be mentioned here that narcotics and contraband firearms are regularly trafficked across the unmanned border as the routes of western Myanmar are controlled by India’s north-east insurgents.
The production of heroin in the Golden Triangle – roughly the area that spans northern Mayanmar, Thailand and Laos – started in the 1970s, and cheap high quality Mayanmar “no. 4 heroin” is abundantly available in Manipur and Nagaland, and is frequently smuggled across the region.
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