Shillong, March 14: Two persons were arrested along with over 71 kgs of marijuana in the East Jaintia Hills district on 14th morning. They have been identified as Babalu Singh (56) of Kale Diara, Patna and Saranjan Mahto (39) of Bihar, district police chief Jagpal Singh Dhanoa said.
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He said a Naka was set up by the ANTF team and staff of the anti-infiltration Umtyra CP after receiving credible information that two drug suppliers are travelling in a Maruti Sx4 (As 01 AN 3312) with suspected contraband concealed in the vehicle moving from Kalain towards Khliehriat.
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Their vehicle was intercepted while it was coming from Lumshnong at 6.15 am. On a search being conducted, 117 packets of suspected contraband were found hidden under the rear bumper and backlight.
A preliminary test of the suspected contraband was conducted and showed positive results for Marijuana weighing 71.476 kgs, the SP said.
A case under the appropriate section of the NDPS Act has been registered at Khliehriat police station and an investigation is on to trace the forward and backward linkages, he added.