Over 500 kg ganja seized near Kerala capital, two held

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The Excise officials suspect a Malayali group based in Mysuru was transporting this large quantity of ganja believed to have been sourced from Andhra Pradesh to the state.

 

In what is believed to be the biggest single drug haul in Kerala, a special squad of excise department has seized over 500 kilograms of ganja from a container truck at Attingal on the outskirts of the state’s capital city of Thiruvananthapuram early on Sunday, September 6.

Truck Pulvan Sigh and cleaner, Krishna, who are from Jharkhand have been arrested and the vehicle seized. The ganja valued at about Rs.20 crores was stacked inside hidden chambers on top of the driver's cabin.

The seizure was following a tip-off received by the Excise range in Thiruvananthapuram. According to Excise, the truck was coming from Mysuru and kept supplying the substances to dealers at various points across the state. The truck reached Thiruvananthapuram to supply it to a dealer based in Chirayinkeezhu.

The Excise officials suspect a Malayali group based in Mysuru was transporting this large quantity of ganja believed to have been sourced from Andhra Pradesh to the state. Officials have information that a Kannur and a Thrissur native were part of this gang. September is the month to harvest ganja cultivated illegally in the border areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, which have thick forests.

Excise officials said since a lot of essential goods are travelling into Kerala from other states, criminals make use of the situation to smuggle banned substances. Last week, 40 kg of ganja was caught from a truck that was transporting fruits. Another 30 kg was caught from a truck that was transporting books, according to a News Minute report.

In August second week, Chalakudy police had seized 138 kg of marijuana which was being transported in a fish truck. The substance was also said to be brought from Visakhapatnam. The truck carried fish from Kerala’s harbours to Andhra Pradesh. Marijuana was carried in hidden chambers when the vehicle returned from Andhra Pradesh.

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