3 ganja smugglers held, property worth Rs 4.77 crore seized in Odisha

Nabarangpur: In a major breakthrough in its drive against ganja smugglers,  Nabarangpur police has seized illegally acquired property worth around Rs 4.77 crore  and traced cash transaction of around Rs 4.59 crore.

The police arrested three persons in this connection- Prabhakar Mali, Anirudha Mali and Ramesh Mali of Panarguda village under Kosagumda police limits in the district. The three accused support narcotics operation in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Two cases under Section-20 (b) (ii) (C) of NDPS Act are pending against the accused at Kosagumuda and Papadahandi police stations, said police.

The property seized by the police in this connection include four buildings, a 4.82 acre land, a bullet, a scooter, a car and two tractors. Besides, cash amounting to 9.76 lakh has been sealed.

Tracing illegal financial transaction of Rs 4.59 crore, the police froze all 14 accounts. Further investigation is underway to trace the buyer of NDPS, said an official statement issued by Odisha police district headquarters here.

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