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Punjab Police cracks interstate racket of drug smugglers, four held

Jalandhar, May 29 (UNI) The Commissionerate police on Friday claimed to have busted an interstate gang of drug smugglers and arrested four people and recovered 120 kg of poppy husk and 2 kg opium from their possession in two separate incidents.

Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said on Friday that the police team of CIA staff laid a barricade in Samrai village near Jandiala, after receiving information about a gang of narcotics traffickers trying to smuggle drugs. The police team saw a truck coming their way, which was asked by the police to stop. The truck bearing number PB 08 –DE- 5377 was carrying sacks of onion.
When the police searched the truck police found a special extension chamber attached with the diesel tank. When they opened the tank they found 120-kg poppy husk and one-kg opium from the chamber. The police immediately arrested the truck driver Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Baba Bakala and his associate Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Bhalojia village in Tarn Taran district. A case under sections 15, 18, 61 and 85 of NDPS Act has been registered against them at the Sadar police station.

During interrogation, Amarjeet Singh revealed that they both had brought poppy husk and opium from Rajasthan and were in the drug business for the last two and half-year.

Mr Bhullar said that in another case, a joint team of CIA staff-1 and Special Operation Unit seized a truck bearing number PB-06-AK-8135 loaded with coconuts. When the truck was searched, one kg opium was recovered from a special cabin made in the truck. The police arrested two people who were identified as Ashwani Kumar of Patoia and Ashwani Kumar of Sahora in Pathankot district. A case under sections 15, 61 and 85 of NDPS Act has been registered against them in Rama Mandi police station, he added.
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