Bhubaneswar: In a major crackdown, the Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch seized a huge cache of brown sugar worth Rs 2. 70 crore from Nilagiri police station area in Balasore district last evening and arrested two persons in this connection.
Acting on a tip-off, the STF team conducted a raid at a place in Niligiri PS area and nabbed two drug suppliers and seized 2.729 kg brown sugar worth Rs 2.70 crore. Following this, the cops began an inquiry and have contacted their counterparts in other states to ascertain involvement of other persons in the illegal trade. Sources said, the accused used to purchase the contraband item from West Bengal and supply the same to several parts of the state.
At a Presser, DGP Abhay said STF, which is a part of the Odisha police, has done a great a good job in term of brown sugar seizure this year.
“In the last four years (2016,2017,2018,2019), all wings of Odisha police together had seized less than 6 kg brown sugar. However, the STF alone have seized 6.756 kg brown sugar worth over Rs 6.70 crore so far in 2020. It is a huge success for STF team as well as the Odisha police,” he stated.