Crime: Four men have been arrested from Gedu and Thimphu on April 18 and 14 for possessing controlled narcotics and psychotropic substances.

On April 18 Gedu police arrested two men for smuggling controlled narcotics and psychotropic substances into the country.

A 24-year-old man from Chukha and a 27-year-old man from Trashiyangtse were caught in Jumja following a tip off.

The suspects carried 2,816 Spasmo-proxyvon (SP) capsules, 217 tablets of Nitrosun 10 (N10) and seven packets of marijuana.

A police official said that the men who were on their way to Thimphu had concealed the substances in their Maruti car boot. The 24-year-old suspect works in a grocery shop. His accomplice is a vegetable vendor in the capital.

Thimphu police also arrested a 44-year-old man from Dorokha and a 29-year-old Indian national working in a furniture house in Mongar, for possessing 109 pieces of marijuana hashish on April 14.

According to police, the different sizes of hashish weighed about a kilogram in total. The hashish were individually wrapped in a black plastic.

The men were arrested from Namseling, Thimphu when they were heading towards Phuentsholing from Bumthang.

Upon interrogation, the men told police that they had bought the hashish from locals in Mongar by paying about Nu 100,000.

“The men said that if they sell the hashish across the border, it would fetch them more than Nu 200,000,” a police official said.

The men are charged for illicit trafficking of cannabis and its derivatives.

Both the cases are under investigation.

 Dechen Tshomo