Commissionerate police bust interstate drug smugglers

Arrest four peddlers and seize 120 kg poppy-husk and two-kg opium

 JALANDHAR – Keeping its strict vigil over the drug peddlers along with the law and order situation in the lockdown imposed to fight Covid-19 pandemic, the commissionerate police on Friday arrested four drug peddlers and seized 120-kg poppy husk and 2-kg opium from their possession in separate incidents.

The accused have been identified as Amarjeet Singh (51) of Baba Bakala, Gurpreet Singh (35) of Bhalojla village in Tarn Taran district, Ashwani Kumar of Patoia village and Ashwani Kumar of Sahora village in Pathankot district.

Addressing a press conference, Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that a team of CIA staff-1 laid a naka in Samrai village near Jandiala road and team stopped a truck (PB08-DE-5377) loaded with onions for the purpose of checking. He said that during questioning, the cops suspected and a search was carried out.

Bhullar told that cops found a special extension chamber attached with the diesel tank and when opened, they found 120-kg poppy husk and one-kg opium from the chamber.

The Commissioner of Police said that the CIA team immediately arrested truck driver Amarjeet Singh and associate Gurpreet Singh and a case under sections 15,18, 61 and 85 of NDPS Act has been registered against them in Sadar Police Station.

In another case, Bhullar said that a joint team of CIA staff-1 and SOU was conducted special checking outside Indian Oil Corporation and stopped a truck (PB-06-AK-8135) loaded with coconuts and seized one-kg opium from a special cabin in the truck and arrested Ashwani Kumar of Patoia and Ashwani Kumar of Sahora.  A case under sections 15, 61 and 85 of NDPS Act has been registered against them in Rama Mandi Police Station, he added.

In preliminary interrogation, Amarjeet told that they had brought poppy husk and opium from Rajasthan and was in the drug business for last two and half-year, Gupreet Singh Bhullar said and added that Ashwani had brought the opium from Madhya Pradesh.

Bhullar said that the accused would be produced in the local courts for further interrogation.

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