The police seized
150 kg of poppy shells and 250 gram of opium meant for
smuggling to neighbouring West Bengal, a senior official said
Two persons were arrested along with the drugs seized
from two vehicles near a petrol pump at Pipla village on NH 33
under MGM police station area, Senior Superintendent of Police
Anoop Birtharay said.
Poppy shells were dried pods of poppy plant in which
poppy seeds are found and from which opium is made.
Acting on a tip-off, a police team last night
intercepted a mini truck and recovered 150 kg of poppy shells
stuffed in eight sacks, Birtharay told a press conference.
The 250 gram of opium was seized from a car that was
following the mini truck.
The drugs were supposed to be smuggled to Kharagpur in
West Bengal, where a kg of the poppy shell would have fetched
Rs 4000, the SSP said.
While two persons were arrested, some other people who
were in another car managed to flee, he said.
The poppy shell and opium were being transported from
Tamar under Ranchi district of Jharkhand to Kharagpur, the
arrested persons said during interrogation.
The SSP said teams have been sent to Tamar and
Kharagpur for investigation and the police were trying to find
out if any inter-state gang was involved in this case.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)