JORHAT, Nov 27 - A police team of the Jorhat Police Station on Monday night arrested a youth on charges of drugs peddling from the Tarajan locality here after reportedly recovering narcotic substance from him.
A police source stated that the youth has been identified as Dipak Gondhiya of Dakhin Karagaon under Dergaon Police Station in adjoining Golaghat District.
The source said that narcotic weighing about five gms recovered from Gondhiya is suspected to be brown sugar. Gondhiya, who was arrested under the NDPS Act, was remanded to judicial custody by a local court.
Sample of the suspected narcotics substance will be sent to the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Guwahati for necessary tests for confirmation, the source added.
He is suspected to be one of the many young peddlers believed to be involved in the illegal trade that is reportedly spreading in and Jorhat town in recent months.
It may be mentioned here that Jorhat police have arrested over 15 persons in the past few months on charges of drug peddling with two youths arrested earlier this month with suspected narcotic substance near the Jorhat Town Railway Station.
The source stated that efforts were on by local police to nab members of a racket suspected of carrying out drug trade in Jorhat by employing youths and also minors to run the illegal business by using them as couriers to bring the narcotic substance from Dimapur via train.
It may be mentioned here that about 10 to 12 days back people including a large number of women of Royal Road locality here came out on streets demanding tough police action against drugs peddlers.