Nepali police have arrested a trader in the capital, Kathmandu, who was allegedly planning to travel to China for the purpose of buying opium.
Police said the man, who had been in Nepal for more than a decade, was planning to buy and sell the drugs in Nepal and other parts of India.
The suspect, identified as T.N. Sharma, was arrested on Monday night and has been detained in the Kathmanduan police station.
Police said he was planning on visiting China from April to November to carry out the activities mentioned in his online orders.
The arrest follows the arrest of another man last month in Kathmandua for the same purpose, said the police.
In October, the Nepalese government announced a plan to boost the country’s opium production, but that plan was shelved amid a bitter debate about the merits of the policy.
Police have said Sharma, who worked as an accountant, was an accomplice of another suspect, who is being sought in the case.
Police have also seized a fake passport.
A spokesman for Nepal’s National Drug Control Council, which is overseeing the investigation, said he did not have a comment on the arrests.