One person was arrested on charges of smuggling spirit to the State in a private luxury car at Panniyankara, near Vadakkumcherry, here on Thursday.

The Excise Department officials arrested Dharma Raj (30), son of Vellachami of Kottagiri, Ootty.

Tthe Lancer car in which he was smuggling 544 litres of spirit in 17 cans was seized from the arrested person.

The seized spirit will fetch Rs.1.63 lakh in the illicit liquor market, officials said.

The excise intelligence wing of Thrissur and Palakkad districts led by inspectors P.K. Satheesh and Sadaya Kumar and preventive officers V.R. Rajan, S. Hariharan and A. Shaukathali seized the spirit and arrested the driver of the vehicle.