The Lower Dibang Valley District Police on Sunday arrested nine drug peddler, including a woman, three State Govt employees, two cops, along with 17.5 gram cocaine from Roing area of Arunachal.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Roing Police led by Sub-Inspectors Abraham Taying, Mohan Milli and Padi Nikang conducted a raid in the house of one Yubi Mega of Cheta-II village, and apprehended three alleged accused persons, identified as Monu Sonowal, constable of Roing PS, Mikhail Mito, constable of SP’s Office, Kurung Kumey district and the house owner Yubi Mega. Four packets of cocaine weighing 14.50 grams were also seized from their possession.
During the interrogation , they revealed that they had gone to Changlang and bought the said consignment of drugs from a Chakma person on May 11 last.
They also revealed the names of other peddlers who had sent money alongwith them for buying the drugs on their behalf.
Police said, another raid was instantly conducted in the house of one Atoga Pulu at Mayu-II, Roing. The police team on arrival found Atoga Pulu and his mother Samine Mega packing the drugs for selling out to the potential customers.
A plastic packet containing cocaine weighing 3 grams, two digital weighing machines and hard cash amounting to Rs 34,300 were recovered and seized from the possession of mother-son duo in presence of Dy SP (Hqtr) Opir Paron and the Town Magistratecum CO Sanjay Taram.
The subsequent interrogation of the arrested persons led to the arrest of other co-drug peddlers, identified as Sokho Mendo, Biju Mega, Shiv Linggi and Ege Miso, who is stated to be a Govt employee.
A police case (No. 21/2018) under sections 22(b)/27(a) of NDPS Act has been registered at the Roing PS and further investigations launched.
District Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kr Sain has, meanwhile, lauded the police team for their prompt and swift action that led to the arrest of drug peddlers. He said that many unofficial complaints had been received about the involvement of Police personnel in drug peddling in the district. This was degrading the image of the police fraternity and also demoralizing others.
The SP informed that both the police personnel involved in drug peddling have been placed under immediate suspension and are in custody.