Jeypore, Feb 23: Tightening the noose around the necks of illegal drug traders, Lamataput Police in Koraput seized a pickup van carrying over 600 kg ganja and took the driver into custody by conducting a raid in Jalaput area on Andhra-Odisha border on Monday night.
As per the report, based on a tip-off on the drug consignment and following a direction from Koraput SP, a joint team of Lamataput and Machhkund Police carried out a night patrolling last night.
A suspiciously moving Bolero pickup van (registration number-AP 39 TN 7495) was detained later in the night at Maliput Chhak by the police team and was taken for an inspection to Lamataput Police Station.
After over 600 kg ganja was found inside the vehicle and the driver failed to produce necessary license for cannabis transportation, the same was seized.
Further interrogation of the held drive is underway to find out drug racket link in the incident, said Lamataput Police.
The market value of the seized ganja will be around Rs 18 lakh, it added.