Puri: In a breakthrough the Excise department officials seized 44 kg of cannabis from a car and arrested one person in this connection from Puri district today.
The accused has been identified as Debashis Swain (30), a resident of Nahantara village under Nimapara police limits in the district.
Acting on a tip-off about the contraband being transported in a car, the Special Excise squad led by Excise official Amarendra Jena intercepted the car near Sandha Bazar at around 5 am and found around 44 kg of cannabis inside the vehicle. The officials then seized the car and took Debashis into their custody.
The accused was interrogated as to from where her was transporting the cannabis and as investigating to know the kingpin of the racket.
Meanwhile, the accused was forwarded to SDJM court and later sent to jail.