Patra police make arrests over contraband smokes


Police in Patra, on Wednesday detained three Pakistani nationals, aged 37, 33 and 15, believed to be members of a racket trading in contraband tobacco in the western port.

Initially officers arrested the 37-year-old after finding around 2 kilograms of contraband tobacco in his possession. A subsequent search on the suspect’s home turned up 1,200 packets of contraband cigarettes.

Later in the day, officers tracked down the other two Pakistanis on a motorcycle carrying 310 packets of contraband cigarettes and half a kilo of contraband tobacco.