SHILLONG, Dec 04: District police have arrested three drug peddlers with 98 grams heroin valued at Rs. 10 lakhs and interestingly one of the arrested peddlers has turned out to be a former member of the armed forces.
The arrested persons identified as Lal Peng Rowli (53), Rebecca Hmar (35) and her husband Vanlal Mawia Hmar (28) and were arrested from their residences at Madanrting Block D and Block F respectively during raids conducted by the district police.
“From their possession a total of 98 grams of high grade heroin worth Rs 9.8 lakh was seized,” SP (City) SA Rynjah informed on Tuesday.
He said while 23.42 gram of heroin along with cash Rs 34,760 was seized from the residence of Rebecca at Block F, 61.6 gram of heroin with Rs 1.41 lakh was recovered from the house of Rowli.
Rowli is also the wife of an ex-army man who was part of the war in Sri Lanka, the SP informed.
Terming the drug bust as a big achievement of the police, Rynjah said that the accused persons have been under the police radar for quite some time.
He informed that all the three persons have been booked under the relevant sections of the NDPS Act and they have been forwarded to Court.
Rynjah meanwhile urged the dorbar shnongs to remain vigilant and to conduct a background check on the people from outside the state who come to stay as tenants in their respective localities.
According to the SP, police have seized 1.5 kg of heroin and 20,000 tablets while 49 cases have been registered under the NDPS Act during this year.