Balasore, August 31 (LocalWire): The Odisha district that is known for its stunning Chandipur beach is fast becoming notorious as a safe haven for the drug peddlers, with the illegal trade continuing to flourish unabated despite claims by the enforcement agencies.
On Friday, a team of the special task force of Bhubaneswar nabbed a 35-year-old peddler S K Taimurddin of Rajpura village under Jaleswar block while he was on his way to deliver the contraband to a customer.
The enforcement sleuths who laid a trap to apprehend him recovered 10 gms of brown sugar worth Rs 10 lakh from his possession after the arrest from Jaleswar railway station area in the wee hours.
According to sources, acting on a tip-off that drug was being supplied from Jaleswar to Khurda and Bhubaneswar, the STF personnel approached the accused as a buyer and later arrested him red-handed.
It may be noted that earlier on 28 August the police had seized brown sugar worth Rs 10 lakh from Basta area, while the Sahadevkhunta police on 17 June had arrested four persons and recovered over 1.65 kg of heroin worth Rs 1.6 crore from their possession.
The arrested drug peddlers were identified as Sheikh Raju (30), Sheikh Hussein (23), and Sheikh Jamshed Ali (50), all from Aradbazar village, and S K Moksed (50) from Rajpur village of Jaleswar.
“Jaleswar, Basta and Balasore towns have been turning out to be the hub of drug and narcotics trafficking. Since Jaleswar block is close to the Bengal border, the peddlers procure the contrabands from Kharagpur area through carriers and further distribute it to other places using their supply chain,” sources said.
Despite raids and arrests, the drug transactions and trade has been flourishing in Orard Bazar and Balighat areas as well besides Jaleswar in Balasore town.
Locals also allege that besides drugs and contrabands, the district has also become a safe haven for illegal liquor traders, and the menace is fast spreading across the district, including at the headquarters.