Express News Service
NAGAPATTINAM: The Q Branch of Tamil Nadu police retrieved round 90 kg of ganja packed in three sacks from Periyakuthagai village in Vedaranyam block in Nagapattinam district on Sunday night time. The Narcotics Intelligence Bureau Crime Investigation Department (NIB- CID) suspect that the contraband was about to smuggled from Vedaranyam to Sri Lanka by way of sea route.
Speaking to TNIE, V Barath Srinivas, DSP of NIB-CID Nagapattinam Zone, stated, “Our bureau had arrested one ‘Ceylon’ Sekar (61) from Madurai district in Chennai a few days ago. We believe that he is the kingpin in cannabis smuggling from the coastal districts to Sri Lanka. Once the news of his arrest came out in the media, smugglers are abandoning their consignments.”
The Q Branch discovered the sacks amid bushes in Periyakuthagai round 10 pm on Sunday. No arrests have been made to this point and the Q department handed over the consignment to NIB- CID officers on Monday.
‘Ceylon’ Ok Sekar was needed in reference to an alleged try and smuggle about 170 kg hashish from the shores of Velivayal village in Sethubhavachatram block of Thanjavur district on October 2, 2020. At least three individuals who had been allegedly making an attempt to smuggle hashish to Sri Lanka had been arrested in that connection.
“Sekar had served 10 years in prison after being convicted for smuggling heroin. He returned to smuggling after release. He is wanted in cases in several districts. We believe that the Periyakuthagai bust is a work in connection with Sekar,” stated J Balamurugan, Inspector from NIB-CID.
The NIB-CID had been searching for him or the previous 4 months. They arrested him in Choolaimedu in Chennai on February 19. A particular court docket in Thanjavur remanded him to Papanasam Subjail on the subsequent day.