Latest Kerala Local News: Another arrested in ganja smuggling case – The Hindu
More than 10 months after a shipment of more than 79kg of ganja was seized while smuggled in a truck, the Excise Offenses Branch arrested another defendant in the case on Saturday.
The arrest is Abdul Nizar, 39, from Thodupuzha in Idukki district. He had fled and been in hiding outside the country since the seizure and was arrested at Kochi airport upon his return on Friday. He has since been brought before Muvattupuzha Magistrate First Class and sent to Muvattupuzha Sub-Prison.
The Excise had issued a surveillance circular against him. Emigration officials detained him at the airport and handed him over to a team led by Deputy Commissioner of the Excise Offenses Branch Maju TM
He was the fifth defendant in the case. He used to fund ganja smuggling and run foreign transporters, Excise sources said.
The excise commissioner’s central area special squad had made the seizure on September 10 last year. Four of the seven defendants were arrested alongside the seizure. The indictment against the arrest was also filed in court on time. Hunt was on for the sixth and seventh defendants in the case.
Although the case was registered by the Muvattupuzha Excise Channel, the Excise Commissioner later handed the case over to the Excise Crime Branch taking into account the interstate protests.
Racketeering is suspected to be involved in frequent smuggling. They used to source ganja at wholesale prices from Andhra Pradesh and smuggle it into Kerala, Excise sources said.
Rural Ernakulam had witnessed an upsurge in the smuggling of ganja and other drugs over the past two years.
A team consisting of Prevention Officer Babu V., Civil Excise Officers Jishnu A., Shiju VG and Jitheeh B. and Excise Driver Shiju George made the arrest.
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