7.5 kg of ganja seized; 3 held

An excise squad on Friday arrested three youths with 7.5 kg of ganja during a vehicle check at Pantheerankavu in the city. Malappuram natives Mubarak, 25, Mohammed Noufal, 27, and P. Noushad, 29, were arrested following a tip-off received by the Excise Intelligence Bureau.

Excise Department officials said they had received confidential information about the covert operation of the three from some of the previously arrested ganja peddlers. The three had also been suspected of targeting students in the city for the sale of smuggled drug.

The squad also seized an autorikshaw allegedly used by the gang to ship the contraband they purchased from Tamil Nadu.

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