The brown sugar laboratory that was busted on Wednesday is located at Chesam Muslim Mayai Leikai, Imphal West.
Manipur police have destroyed 1947 acres of illegal poppy cultivation at various hill districts of Manipur this crop year.
Destruction of the poppy plantation was initiated as a part of the state government’s ‘War on Drugs’ mission in order to root out drugs for a drug-free Manipur.
The NAB SP said punishments for poppy smuggling are categorised into three, based on the quantity of poppy smuggled.
The drug peddlers were arrested with brown sugar, opium, and WY tablets in separate incidents on Thursday.
A case has been registered at NAB police station for further investigation and legal procedure, NAB police said
The police, in a rebuttal to an ‘Imphal Free Press’ report published on Friday, stated that on December 27, 2017 NAB-PS neither seized 1.7 kg of brown sugar nor 1.5 kg of brown sugar while transporting the same in an auto-rickshaw at the airport.
NAB PS had registered only 1.7 kg seized brown sugar on the FIR and the question of the other 1.5 kg has confused the presiding officer of Special Judge (ND&PS), Manipur and the special public prosecutor (PP).
The account is being operated jointly by NAB SP and NAB OC with due approval of the finance and home departments for depositing currencies seized in connection with cases registered at NAB-PS.