Bhubaneswar, Jan 23: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha police on Tuesday conducted a raid near Kalakhandi village under Puruna Katak police limits in Boudh district against the illegal trade of narcotic drugs and arrested one person in this connection.
The accused has been identified as Parikhita Behera, son of Suresh Chandra Behera, a resident of Narayanpur police limits in Boudh district.
During the operation, ganja weighing more than 143 Kg nd other incriminating materials were recovered and seized from the possession of the accused. As the accused was unable to produce any valid authority in support of the possession of such contrband, he has been detained and will be forwarded to the court of District &Sessions judge-cum-Special Judge, Boudh.
A special drive against narcotic drugs is underway in the state and the STF has seized more than 74 kg brown sugar/heroin, 202 grams of cocaine and more than 117 quintals of ganja/marijuana, 3.630 kg of opium, and arrested more than 185 drug dealers/peddlers since 2020. The STF also seized and destroyed over 80 quintals of ganja last year alone.