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Assam: Kingpin of inter-state narcotics trade arrested in Karbi Anglong; drugs, wildlife parts seized

On Wednesday, the Karbi Anglong police made a major breakthrough by arresting an alleged inter-state drug kingpin. Baba Hazarika, a resident of Gharialdubi, Khatkhati Police Station, has been identified as the person arrested.

Police seized a large amount of drugs from a tipper truck as well as some wildlife parts from his home. In this case, the truck’s driver was also apprehended.

795 grammes of fine quality heroin worth over Rs 5 crore in the market, several wildlife parts, and three vehicles, including the tipper truck, were among the items seized.

According to police, Hazarika ran his illegal business along the Assam-Nagaland border and was in charge of a network of drug smugglers at all levels, from procurement to transportation and distribution.

In the last few years, he has amassed a large fortune and has been under police surveillance for a long time.

“We received information about Baba Hazarika and he was kept under surveillance by a team of Karbi Anglong police for the last three months,” Pusparaj Singh, Superintendent of Police, Karbi Anglong, told the media. His movements were tracked and his house was monitored on a daily basis.”

“We placed a source near his house yesterday after receiving specific information about the shipment of a large consignment of drugs from Manipur to Hazarika, and around 4:30 a.m., a tipper truck entered his compound.”

“Our police team arrived immediately and cordoned off the entire Hazarika campus.” “60 soap boxes containing 795 grammes of heroin were discovered hidden in a secret chamber inside the vehicle’s fuel tank after a thorough search,” Singh added.

The residence was also searched thoroughly, according to the SP, and some wildlife parts were discovered, including a pair of elephant ankle bones, three deer antlers, a skull, and a tortoise shell.

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