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PTI Last Updated at 07 Aug 2018, 16:08 IST India

The police seized

150 kg of poppy shells and 250 gram of opium meant for

smuggling to neighbouring West Bengal, a senior official said

here today.

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.)

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