Jeypore: In a crackdown against ganja smuggling, the Koraput police arrested five persons and seized more than 300 kg of the contraband item today morning.
Acting on a tip-off, the officials of Jeypore Police Station raided a place near Shiva temple on Jeypore ghat on NH-26. The police personnel found seven persons were loading ganja in two vehicles.
Upon seeing the police team, the seven persons tried to escape from the spot. But the police personnel were able to detain five persons from the spot.
As per the procedure the vehicles were searched in presence of the Executive Magistrate and other witnesses. On a thorough search of the vehicle ganja packets containing 310 kg of the contraband item worth about Rs 30 lakh were recovered from both the vehicles.
Also, one pistol with three live bullets, five numbers of mobiles, Rs 1.5 lakh cash, one container, one white colour Chevrolet Cruize car, one black colour pulsar, one red colour HF deluxe
After registering a case under Section 20 (b)(ii)(C) of the NDPS Act the police launched an investigation.
The accused persons are Mohd Asif from Durg of Chhattisgarh, Nasir Ansari from Budhana, Nabin Harijan from Borigumma, Durga Nandu Mishra from Faridabad, Kartik Kandhapani from Jeypore Sadar.