Assam Northeast

Underground codeine-factory busted in Goalpara, Rs 10 crore-worth narcotics seized, three arrested

In a major drug bust, police have on Thursday raided a family-run factory producing illegal morphine-based cough syrups and recovered codeine worth Rs 10 crore along with other psychotropic drugs in the basement of a residence in Goalpara district of western Assam.

Jahangir Alom, who is also accused in a Meghalaya case and prime accused in allegedly running the factory in his basement at Bhalukdubi, about 11 km from Goalpara, has been taken in custody along with his wife and brother in law.

Police said they found the “mini-factory” in the basement under the 10×10 ft bedroom of Jahangir’s residence.

The factory had the equipment to make codeine-based cough syrup along with 3 machines used for labelling and sealing. It had a ready 9 drums of raw material (4000 litres approx) used to prepare the drug.

Codeine is an opiate and prodrug of morphine used to treat pain, coughing, and diarrhea and is commonly abused. It is found naturally in the sap of the opium poppy.

Police also recovered Heroin (a refined form of morphine), Yaba tablets ( a mix of methamphetamine and caffeine) along with unprescribed Nitrozepam tablets (sleeping pills), Spasmo tablets (muscle relaxant). Five mobile phones and cash has also been recovered from them.

Police said the prime accused is also involved in the Meghalaya Baghmar Police Station case in South Garo Hills, about 174 km from Bhalukdubi, on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and other IPC sections.

The raid was made based on “specific inputs“.

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