Bhubaneswar: In a breakthrough, excise officials today arrested a Balasore-based drug peddler with more than 110 grams of brown sugar on Tuesday in Khurda district.
The market value of the seizure has been estimated at Rs 20 lakh. The officials also recovered cash of Rs 2.50 lakh, a firearm and four rounds of live ammunition from the peddler.
The accused, Sumanth Bhujabal was supplying drugs to agents in Bhubaneswar and had rented a house at Saguna Baghicha in the Samantrapur area of Khurda town.
Bhujabal’s activities were under surveillance in the past one month. The Khurda town police were tipped off about a significant quantity of the contraband in his house on Monday night.
A joint squad of Khurda excise and police officials conducted a raid on the house in the early hours of Tuesday.
The accused has been arrested under Section 21 (b) of the Narctotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.