Khurda: Excise officials today arrested a drug peddler Dhaneswar Pradhan in Odisha’s Khurda district and seized 120 gram of brown sugar from him.
The contraband is estimated to be valued at more than Rs 24 lakh, sources said.
The Excise sleuths also recovered Rs 48,000 from Pradhan, who hails from Mathsahi area in the district.
Earlier in the week, the Excise officials had arrested two persons from a slum under Laxmisagar police limits and seized brown sugar worth Rs 3 lakh.
At least nine persons were so far arrested in the city in the past one month in connection with their involvement in trafficking of these contraband items, the sources added.