Three people were arrested on Friday on charges of possessing marijuana worth Rs 700,000 in Orissa's Malkangiri district, an excise official said.
The accused - Prakash Debangan of Madhya Pradesh, Adu Matam of Nakamagodi and Sadhu Khila of Malkangiri, nearly 620 kms from Bhubaneswar, were caught by excise officials in the evening.
"Acting on a tip-off we raided a house in Tarlakota-C colony under Orkel police station while the men were about to leave with the marijuana. While three of them were nabbed, two others fled before we could reach the spot," excise sub-inspector Ashok Kumar Seth said.
A case has been registered under section 20 (B) of the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
"They (accused) are being interrogated in the police station and will be produced in the court on Saturday. We are verifying whether they have links with other gangs operating in the locality," Seth added.