Shillong June 09 : The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 3.99 kgs of Heroin worth 27.94 crore in a major operation against organised drug syndicates operating in the North Eastern Region. The Heroin was smuggled through the Indo-Myanmar border and was seized along NH-44 at Mawryngkneng, in the outskirts of Shillong city on Thursday 8th June 2023. Following the seizure, one person has been arrested under the provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985.

The officers of DRI Shillong intercepted an SUV vehicle in which the suspect was travelling at Mawryngkneng. A rummaging of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of 307 soap cases weighing 3.99 kgs of pinkish powder wrapped in polythene sachets from the possession of the suspect. The soap cases were concealed inside a secret chamber below the seat of the SUV.

Preliminary investigations reveal that the Heroin consignment had come from Manipur via Mizoram. The value of the Heroin seized in the international illicit market is estimated at 27.94 crore. Further investigation and follow up searches are currently in progress.

DRI Shillong has seized over 6.25 kgs of Heroin valued over 43 crores in the international market in 2022-23. Since April 2022, DRI has seized more than 1358 kgs of Heroin valued at approximately 6670 crores in the international illicit market, including 23.7 kgs valued at over 166 crores in the North Eastern Region alone.