Berhampur, Oct 5 (LocalWire): Illegal transport of narcotic substances by the ganja-mafia in an ambulance was foiled by the police when they seized over 256-kilo of bhang (dry cannabis) worth Rs. 12 lakhs near Budhamba under Ganjam district.
Two persons, including the driver of the ambulance, have been arrested.
The contraband-the dry leaves of the ganja, packed in 14 bags and covered with Personal Protective Equipment, was seized after police intercepted a vehicle.
The COVID-19 private ambulance allegedly crossed the area using emergency sirens to get a clear passage, while the vehicle had no patient.
“We caught the vehicle after intercepting it, its driver tried to escape with the vehicle pretending to carry the patient and using the emergency siren.
During the search, it was found that the ambulance was transporting illegal bhang worth lakhs instead of patients,” said inspector in charge, Kabisurya Nagar police station Prabhat Sahoo.
Police seized the bhang along with the vehicle. The accused persons were identified as Sunil Mishra, the driver of the ambulance of Potangi in Koraput district and Gopal Karan of Bada Agula, near Kabisurya Nagar, police said.
Preliminary inquiry has revealed that the bhang was being transported from Digapahandi to Kodala area when the police seized the contraband along with the vehicle, said police.
Police said the ganja smugglers have adopted the new method for illegal transporting of the contraband, as they continue to crackdown the smuggling of these by strictly checking the vehicles in Ganjam and its ganja-growing neighbouring Gajapati and Kandhamal districts.