A huge haul of methamphetamine tablets worth Rs 19 crore destined for Bangladesh via Meghalaya has been seized from a hideout on the Meghalaya-Assam border, customs officials said on September 27.
Officials arrested international drug kingpin Letminlun Khongsai (27), and his driver Sailesh Singh from Killing village in Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district on Wednesday.
Khongsai, who has been on the radar of security agencies and customs, is from Manipur’s Moreh village on the India-Myanmar border.
Deputy commissioner of customs (preventive) Isaac Kharkongor said Khongsai was arrested after receiving input that a huge consignment of Metamphetamine tablets weighing 19.7 kg meant for Khongsai was dispatched from Manipur’s capital Imphal in a white SUV on Tuesday.
The arrested persons have been booked under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
“Meghalaya being a peaceful state has become a safe haven for international drug syndicates who are using it as a transit route from Myanmar to Bangladesh,” Kharkongor said.
Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, hilly and unfenced and thus prone to infiltration.