In a significant operation, Assam Rifles successfully apprehended seven suspected international smugglers involved in the illegal transportation of areca/betel nuts in Manipur’s Kamjong District. The seized contraband, approximately weighing 45.6 tonnes and valued at Rs. 5.472 crore in the black market, highlights the magnitude of the smuggling network.
Acting on credible intelligence, a joint search operation was launched under the auspices of Headquarters Inspector General Assam Rifles (South) in Kangpat Centre village. The operation specifically targeted the illegal transportation of areca nuts, a lucrative trade in the northeastern states.
The Assam Rifles column successfully intercepted seven trucks engaged in the illegal transportation of areca nuts. The smugglers were found to be operating without valid documents, indicating their involvement in unlawful distribution within the black market.
A total of 570 bags, equivalent to approximately 45.6 tonnes of areca/betel nuts, were seized during the operation. The confiscated contraband, valued at Rs. 5.472 crore, serves as evidence of the scale of illegal activities in the region. In addition to the nuts, seven vehicles used in the smuggling operation were impounded.
The seized areca nuts and the apprehended smugglers were handed over to the Forest Beat Officer of Kamjong District. This collaborative effort between Assam Rifles and local authorities aims to curb the illegal trade and ensure that the confiscated items are appropriately handled.
This operation underscores the ongoing efforts to tackle cross-border smuggling and disrupt the networks responsible for such illicit activities.