Imphal: A huge quantity of heroin and party drugs worth around Rs. 40 crore were seized from the official residence of the chairman of Autonomous District Council (ADC) in Manipur’s Chandel district, police said today.
The seizure was made after a police team raided the residence of Lunkhosei Zou, a BJP leader, late last night. Four kg of heroin and 2,80,000 tablets of party drugs was recovered, Superintendent of Police, Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB), W Basu Singh, told a press conference here.
The seized contraband were worth around Rs. 40 crore in the international market, the officer said, adding that the team also seized a sum of Rs. 13 lakh during the raid.
Eight persons including Mr Zou were arrested, the SP said.
“The ADC chairman and associates were arrested acting on credible information in a lengthy operation which started from Tuesday evening and lasted past midnight. The police team also recovered a huge amount of drugs and hard cash during the successful operations”, said DIG Intelligence, Themthing Ngashanva.
The combined team initially arrested the driver of the ADC chairman from whom two suitcases full of heroine powder was recovered. Following the driver’s disclosure, the combined police also raided the official quarter of the ADC chairman after midnight led by Additional SP, Th. Brinda and recovered two lakh numbers of WY tablets, said the police report.
Mr Zou, a BJP leader was elected to the ADC Chandel from Moreh town, which is close to the Myanmar border. He has since then been expelled from the party.