BHUBANESWAR: Police Commissionerate of the Twin City arrested two drug peddlers of Laxmi Sagar here with 60 grams of heroin on Sunday night. The accused were on the way to Haldipadia slum in a taxi when a police team intercepted them near Sai Temple on Tankapani road.
The seized contraband was estimated at `10 lakh in the international market.
The duo was identified as Dilip Singh (51) and Suresh Singh (26) belonging to Biharibigha village of Patna district in Bihar. During interrogation, Dilip revealed that he has been a resident of Haldipadia for 30 years and was involved in drug trade for over a decade.
Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma said, Dilip procured brown sugar, heroin and other contraband from one Gadda of Balasore and sold those to customers here in small quantities. The heroin found by the police was stuffed in 223 small packets.
Suresh managed a network of 10 to 15 local street peddlers who dealt with the customers directly in the Capital and nearby areas.
“Dilip had purchased 60 grams of the contraband for `4,000 which he would have sold for `40,000 in Bhubaneswar. They adulterated it with ash of mosquito repellant coil and incense sticks for more profit,” Sharma said.
The police suspected that drugs were smuggled to the State from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan or from foreign markets through Bihar and West Bengal.
While a police team has been sent to Balasore for arresting Gadda, Dilip and Suresh were produced in a court which sent them to judicial custody on Monday.