Police have confiscated 1,700 kilograms of ganja and detained 26 people in this association from Koraput district, an official said on Friday.
Police said the banned drug was obtained from the Machkund area of the district, from where it was being smuggled to other states.
“Ganja crooks are providing the smuggling in vehicles meant for exiling essential commodities to give the police the slip. Nevertheless, we have increased our raid in the past few months and have improved our patrolling on suspected ganja passages in the region,” Koraput SP Mukesh Kumar Bhamoo said.
Police seized 10 four-wheelers in which around 1,700 kilograms of ganja was being smuggled on Thursday, on the eve of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking,
“We were tipped-off about the consignments and therefore the transportations were checked at various locations,” the SP said.
Raids were carried at Sunabeda, Semiliguda, Pottangi, Boipariguda, Machkund, and Jeypore Sadar police station areas.
According to the SP, since August 2019, the district police have confiscated 25,462 kilograms of ganja and have got 263 people for smuggling the crime.
“Also, we have butchered around 19,000 cannabis weeds grown over 550 acres in the area in the past few weeks,” the SP said.