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Police in Manipur’s Bishnupur district arrested an alleged sandalwood smuggler and recovered 160 kg of sandalwood from him on May 26.

A team of Bishnupur district police commandos intercepted the sandalwood during a checking near an oil pump at Ngangkha Lawai along Tidim road on May 26 morning, around 8.30 am, police said. The sandalwood was found in four boxes.

According to police, the arrested alleged sandalwood smuggler was identified as Husain Ahmed (31) of Bishnupur district.

The arrested person has been handed over to officials of the forest department in Bishnupur district along with the recovered for necessary legal action, the police added.

In another event, a team of Imphal East police commandos confiscated 2.228 kg of heroin powder which was found during a check to a truck at Khabam Lamkhai along NH-2 on May 25 night.

Following the recovery of the contraband drugs, the police arrested the driver of the truck identified as Abhinas and his handyman Sagar, according to police.

The police said that the contraband drugs were found concealed in one of the spare tyres of the truck. They were handed over to Heingang police station along with the recovered drugs, the police added.

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