GUWAHATI: Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Kamrup (M) and Kamrup police on Sunday seized a huge consignment of heroin from Sijubari under Hatigaon police station here.
The contraband drugs seized from a vehicle have been valued at Rs 3.5 crore in the grey market.
However, the drug peddlers, carrying the heroin, managed to escape even though the police opened fire to stop them.
According to the police, the heroin weighing 500 grams, originated in Manipur and was to be delivered in Kamrup district.
The recovery of the drugs was linked to a previous haul.
It needs mention that Guwahati has become a hotbed of smuggling of narcotic drugs. Narcotic drugs and other contraband items are often smuggled to other parts of the country through the city, which is often referred to as the gateway to the northeast.
On August 29, Guwahati police had seized 1.75 kg of heroin from two different places and arrested six drug peddlers. The seized heroin was valued at Rs 14 crore in the grey market.
On September 2, the city police had arrested two drug dealers and seized over 2.5 kg of heroin, valued at Rs 17.5 crore, from their possession.
The Assam government led by chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, has launched a ‘war on drugs’, to free the state from its menace.