Ganja haul in Kochi

Over 32 kilograms of ganja worth nearly Rs three lakh, brought to Kochi by train ahead of the festive season were seized in two separate incidents.

In the first incident, the police seized a total of 10.25 kilo ganja from the Edapally railway station premises on Tuesday night. Idukki native Manoj Thomas (43) and Jijo John (28), from Kottayam, were arrested.

The duo, acting as local distributors of the contraband, was trapped by cops outside the railway station following a tip-off. The substance was carried in a sack after being packed in polythene bags.

The accused confessed that they used to buy ganja in bulk from places like Murshidabad and Visakhapatnam. There are pending drug cases against the accused in Ernakulam, Kottayam and Idukki police stations.

“The drug mafia mainly targets youths and migrant labourers’’, said C J Martin, Cicle Inspector, Kalamassery.

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