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Punjab Police busts trans-border narcotic smuggling network; three held with 8-Kg Heroin

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | June 11, 2024 05:28 PM

CHANDIGARH: Amidst the ongoing war against drugs waged on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Punjab Police has busted a trans-border narcotic smuggling network with the arrest of three drug smugglers and recovered 8kg heroin from their possession, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Tuesday.

Those arrested have been identified as Gursahib Singh, a resident of village Jhanjoti in Amritsar, Sajan Singh of village Bhakna Kalan in Amritsar and Satnam Singh of Kot Khalsa in Amritsar. Apart from recovering heroin consignment, Police teams have also recovered one .30 bore pistol, 26 live cartridges of .30 bore from their possession and impounded their Maruti Swift Car and Splendor motorcycle.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that Counter Intelligence Amritsar has received intel inputs that some drug smugglers have retrieved the huge consignment of heroin dropped via drone from Indo-Pak border falls near village Dharamkot Pattan and intends to further deliver this consignment to drug supplier Satnam Singh near Kot Khalsa opposite Khalsa College in Amritsar.

Acting swiftly, Police teams led by DSP CI Amritsar Balbir Singh laid special Naka at Adda Khusro Tahli and apprehended Gursahib and Sajan, when they were travelling on their motorcycle and recovered 7.5 kg heroin and 16 live cartridges from their possession, he said.

He said that, later Police teams laid a trap and have also arrested drug supplier Satnam Singh from the area of Kot Khalsa and recovered 500grams heroin and one .30 bore pistol along with 10 live cartridges from his possession and impounded his Swift car.

The DGP said that as per preliminary investigations, the accused persons were directly in touch with the Pakistan-based drug smuggler and were supplying heroin across the state after importing it from Pakistan.

Probe has also revealed that the Pakistan-based drug smuggler has used drones to deliver this drug consignment from across the border, he said, while adding that further investigation is going on to find out backward and forward linkages to unveil the entire network.

A case FIR No. 34 dated 10-06-2024 has been registered under sections 21, 25 and 29 of the NDPS Act and section 25 of the Arms Act at Police Station State Special Operation Cell Amritsar.

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