Feb 14 (NIE) NAGAPATTINAM- The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday night foiled an attempt to smuggle 661 kilos of ganja, worth over Rs 1 crore, to Sri Lanka.
This is the firstmajor drug trafficking bust of the year in Nagapattinam district. Five persons werearrested, and a truck and two SUVs used to transport the consignment wereseized.
The ganja was packed in 310 bundles weighing 661.5 kilos and was bought in AndhraPradesh. Sources in the NCB did not divulge details of how such a hugeconsignment escaped scrutiny in Chennai but claimed they were tracking movement ofthe consignment.
“We received information that ganja was bought at Anakkapalli in Andhra Pradesh.Through Chennai and Viralimalai in Pudukkottai, the gang brought it toVedaranyam. It was to be smuggled to Sri Lanka,” said a senior official fromNarcotics Control Bureau.
The NCB team stopped the truck and SUVs on Valluvar Road near Ayakaranpulam inVedaranyam around 10 pm on Wednesday and seized the ganja. Five persons,including M Selvaraj (54), S Aiyyappan (35) and R Paramanantham (35) of Vedaranyanwere arrested. The others, S Ramanan (40) and G Thavamani (37) were fromThiruvotriyur in Chennai. The suspects and vehicles were taken to the Vaimedu police
Smuggling ganja to Sri Lanka via Vedaranyam is not uncommon. Bundles of ganja hadbeen caught near coastal villages such as Arukatuthurai, Manian Theevu, andKodiyakarai in the past, where the drug was loaded in small quantities in fiberglassfishing boats and taken to Sri Lanka.
The NCB, in the past, had stopped the consignment before it reached Kodiyakarai.