Bhubaneswar, Feb 21 (IANS): The special task force (STF) of Odisha crime branch arrested a wanted drug peddler and seized 1.227 kg of brown sugar worth Rs 1.22 crore during a raid in Khorda district, officials said on Monday.
The STF team conducted a raid on NH-16 near Pahal crossing under Khordha district and seized the narcotic drugs from Sibu alias Siba Prasad Das, a most wanted drug peddler, officials said.
The police have also seized a bike and five mobile phones from the accused person.
Sibu, a noted accused, was absconding since January 25, 2022. He was involved in several cases registered in different districts of Odisha.
He was also named in a case registered following seizure of 3.1 kg of brown sugar, cash of Rs 65.32 lakh, three 7 mm pistols, seven magazines and 43 rounds of 7 mm ammunition. Six other criminal cases are also pending against Sibu, the STF said.
Since 2020, the STF, in a special drive against narcotic drugs, has seized more than 49 kg of brown sugar and 89 quintals of Ganja, and have arrested 123 drug peddlers.