Abandoned belongings lead to arrest of three for possessing controlled substances in two different incidents

Crime: A police team found a sack thrown under the flyover bridge in Changzamtok, Thimphu on July 23. The team found 912 capsules of Spasmoproxivon (SP), some clothes, and a citizenship identity card along with some documents in the sack. Later, police identified the sack owner and arrested a 30-year-old man from Olakha.

Upon interrogation, police found that the man is a chronic user of controlled substances. The man confessed to police that he threw something under the bridge but claimed that he did not remember what it was.

Similarly, on July 21, a patrol team found a carton box, a cloth bag and a woman’s handbag at the Centenary Park in Changlimithang at around 9:30am.

Police found 2,016 SP capsules, 100 tablets of Nitrosun 10 (N10) and 29 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup (Corex) in the box.

A police official said that a citizenship identity card in the handbag helped police trace the owner.

Police located the bag owner, a 30-year-old woman along with her 26-year-old friend at Changangkha at around 11pm.

Both of them were arrested and upon interrogation, the woman denied that the controlled substances belonged to her. However, her friend confessed that the substance belongs to him.

“The man purchased the substances for about Nu 35,000 from Jaigaon,” the official said.

Both the suspects are repeat offenders of controlled substances. The case is under investigation.

Meanwhile, police arrested a 24-year-old woman for possessing 29 SP capsules and 52 N10 tablets, concealed in a toy ball used for candy, earlier this month.

“We checked the woman’s belongings after finding her suspicious because she acted abnormal and aggressively,” the official added. “She tested positive for controlled substances.”

The case has been forwarded to court.

Dechen Tshomo