Jeypore: As ganja smuggling continues unabated in various parts of the state despite COVID-19 pandemic, Jeypore police of Koraput district seized a huge cache of cannabis worth Rs 1.5 crore here yesterday.
Acting on reliable information that ganja was loaded in a pick-up van near Pottangi and likely to pass Jeypore Ghat for loading in a truck, a team of Jeypore Sadar police conducted a crackdown in the afternoon. The cops intercepted the vehicle at around 4.40 pm and nabbed one person from the vehicle. However, six others, including driver managed to flee the spot.
While searching the vehicle, police recovered 1053 kg ganja that would have been transported to other state.
The cops also seized Rs 1.80 lakh cash, the pickup van and two mobile phones from the accused identified as Sanjaya Khora (22), a resident of RK Maliguda under Semiliguda police limits in the district.
Steps are afoot to nab the other absconded accused, said police.