Malkangiri: The Mudulipada Police arrested a 32-year-old man on charges of illegally transporting ganja and seized 477.450 kg ganja from a pick-up van on SH-47 near Podaghat chowk in Malkangiri district on Monday night.
The accused was identified as Ranjit Kumar Garnaik of Purunagada village under Chendipada police limits in Angul district.
According to police, last night when Mudulipada Police was on a routine checking, noticed a pick-up van moving from Balimela side to Govindpalli side at a high speed at around 10.45 pm. Suspecting something wrong, the police intercepted the vehicle.
As soon as the vehicle was stopped, the driver and the accused abandoned the vehicle and tried to flee. However, on duty police personnel managed to nab Ranjit while the driver fled away from the spot taking advantage of the darkness.
As many as 16 numbers of polythene covers were found stashed with ganja during a search operation conducted by the police.
The police registered a case under NDPS Act and arrested the accused. The accused will be forwarded to district court today.
“The accused person and seized articles will be produced before the Court of District Judge Cum Special Judge Malkangiri. Investigation is continuing and involvement of other accused persons behind the crime is under verification,” said a police officer.