The Wangduephodrang police, during a vehicle inspection for drugs on highways, caught a woman in her 20’s carrying chewing tobacco products in a taxi on May 20. The police had received a tip-off about the woman carrying the tobacco products.
She was caught at Paytekha, about three kilometer away from the Wangduephodrang check point towards Tsirang.
The police recovered 200 bundles (gums) of chewing tobacco (Baba) which was hidden in the taxi.
The suspect was travelling from Phuentsholing to Punatshangchhu project area to sell the products.
The suspect had travelled in a tripper truck till the Wangduephodrang check point and then hired a taxi to reach the project site. According to an official source, the suspect had resorted to selling tobacco products due to financial constraints as her father is admitted in JDWNR hospital.
The suspect, from Samtse, is a farmer by occupation. The case has been forwarded to Office of Attorney General for the further prosecution.
A source from Wangduephodrang said there is a ready market for tobacco products at the Punatshangchhu project.
“They can make a good profit and there is also a good demand for the tobacco products,” source said.