CHENNAI: Police arrested a Ponraj (48) of Kadambathur for smuggling banned oral tobacco products. He’d dump them at a lake bund near Periyapalayam in Tiruvallur and deliver small consignments to shops in the area.
Ponraj smuggled big consignments from other states and dumped them in a secluded area at a lake-bed, and concealed them with dry leaves and tree branches. He was caught red-handed while transporting 20 kg of gutkha during a vehicle check-up.
After he confessed to smuggling tobacco products, police have recovered 180 kg of gutkha and other banned tobacco. He was produced before a magistrate and remanded in judicial custody.