Bhubaneswar: Excise officers on Friday arrested five drug peddlers from Haladipadia slum here and seized brown sugar worth nearly Rs 10 lakh from them. The crackdown came two days after the locals of Laxmisagar area expressed displeasure over rampant sale of narcotic drugs in the slum.
“Our decoy squads posed themselves as clients and approached the accused for drugs. We rounded up the five persons when they handed over small packets containing brown sugar,” said excise intelligence and enforcement bureau (Cuttack), Amarendra Kumar Jena.
The raiding party seized nearly 90 grams of brown sugar. The accused were selling each packet (containing 250 milligram) for Rs 120.
At least 20 persons have been arrested in the Haladipadia slum in the past six months. Police and excise officials have also seized huge quantities of drugs during the raids. Last year, two police officers of Laxmisagar police station were beaten up by slum dwellers during a crackdown on drug traffickers.