SHILLONG | Aug 28, 2019:
In a dusk to dawn operation, two simultaneous yet different drug busts were made by ANTF of S.P. East Khasi Hills district at around 5 pm on Tuesday.
Police informed that they received information that one Maruti DZire car bearing registration number ML 05 J 5886, suspected to be carrying drugs, was roaming around Mawlai on Tuesday. The Naka was put in place and the car was intercepted by team of Mawlai P.S. and ANTF.
“On questioning, one accused, Richard Wahlang produced the drugs which were kept under the seat on which he was sitting. This entire episode happened in front of two witnesses of the locality,” read a release issued by SP EKH.
The co-accused John Fiscal Lyngkhoi was driving the vehicle and has been partner-in-crime of Richard Wahlang, said police.
It is to be noted that both the accused are history sheeters and are facing trial in six different cases including murder/kidnapping/Arms Act etc.
Total of 10 soap boxes having contraband weighing 109.97 gms was seized from the joint possession of both the accused. Case has been registered under section 21(b) NDPS Act at Mawlai P.S.
Again at around 1 am today, the ANTF team received information that one truck bearing registration number NL 01 K 7498 has been detected by local residents of Mawlyngngad village in suspicious circumstances.
The matter was later reported to the S.P. (City), Shillong who then rushed to Sohryngkham.
During questioning, the driver of the truck disclosed that there is one hidden compartment in the truck in which ganja was stashed.
The search and seizure of ganja weighing whopping approximately 850 kgs was done as per procedures established under NDPS Act, said the police.
Both the accused — driver and helper are being produced before Magistrate and further investigation is on to nab other accused involved.
Police said that it appears to be a big racket as the hidden compartment is welded into the body of truck and it would require only an expert eye to detect.
The Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills, C.A. Lyngwa has expressed her gratitude to the local residents, VDPs and members of NGOs such as KSU and FKJGP for helping the Police.