Police in Gedu intercepted three men in possession of Nu 5.25 million (M) and Indian rupee INR 195,000 hidden in a black bag under a carpet of the vehicle (Prado) they were travelling in on October 5.

Police posted the report on their Facebook page, highlighting the arrest yesterday morning.

The status read, “In the wake of the upcoming National Assembly Election, the Royal Bhutan Police has stepped up security measures and vigilance in the country. As announced in the media, random security checks and increased patrolling are being conducted for which the support and cooperation of the public are solicited.”

It then stated that during a security check, Gedu police intercepted two men, aged 26 and 30 years with a huge amount of cash, Nu 5,250,000 and Rs 195,000 in a black bag hidden below the carpet in the back of the vehicle they were travelling in.

It also stated that while both men tested positive for THC, 11.12 grams of hashish was also found one in the possession of hashish.

The superintendent of police in Phuentsholing, Colonel Wangchukla, said the third man, 31-year-old, was the driver of the Prado.

Police confirmed that the men to be from Haa and Chukha. It was learnt that police intercepted the suspects at Jumja.

Colonel Wangchukla said the cash was probably related to gold smuggling. “Police is investigating.”

The suspects are in custody  in Gedu for further investigation.

Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing