Drug dealer held in Odisha capital; 1.170 kg brown sugar seized

Bhubaneswar: A Special Task Force (STF) seized over 1 kg brown sugar and arrested one accused person in connection with illegal trade of narcotic drugs near Baramunda Bus Stand in Bhubaneswar, police informed today.

The accused person has been identified as SK Hasim Bux from Balasore district.

Based on an intelligence input, an STF team intercepted a person on outskirts of Bhubaneswar yesterday and recovered 1.170 kg brown sugar from his possession, said Soumendra Priyadarshi, Additional Director General (ADG) of Police (crime branch and law & order).

Briefing a presser today, Priyadarshi said that the person apprehended in this connection, hails from Jaleswar area in Balasore district. He was nabbed with a gunny bag containing brown sugar while he was trying to check the contraband here.

In this connection, the STF PS case has been registered under section 21(c)29 NDPS Act, 1985. The accused drug dealer will be forwarded to a  court here today.

The drive against narcotics is underway in the State. So far, the STF alone has seized 22.168 kg brown sugar, registered 24 cases and arrested 44 drug peddlers since January 1, 2020. Nearly about 30 kg brown sugar has been seized across Odisha this year.

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