Punjab Police seizes 5 kg of drugs in Amritsar, thwarting cross-border smuggling bid

byAsian News International

In a major breakthrough in the cross-border drug smuggling operation, Punjab Police on Friday arrested a smuggler and recovered 5 kg of drugs, including 4 kg of methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, and 1 kg of heroin.

On Friday, Pakistan-based drug smugglers used drones to transport drugs in Amritsar district. (file photo)

Pakistan-based drug smugglers used drones to transport drugs.

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Also read: Punjab Police recovers 48 kg heroin in Jalandhar, arrests 3 family members

“In an intelligence-led operation against a cross-border drug smuggling network, CI Amritsar arrested one person and seized 4 kg of ice (methamphetamine) and 1 kg of heroin. Transporting drugs from Pakistan-based smugglers An FIR under the NDPS Act has been registered with the SSOC in Amritsar and investigations are underway to establish backward and forward links and the Punjab Police has dismantled the drug network. We are committed to making the state drug-free,” Gaurav Yadav, Director General of Punjab Police, posted on X.

On April 29, Punjab Police recorded the biggest heroin seizure of 2024 when Jalandhar Commissionerate Police busted an international drug syndicate and arrested three operatives, all from families. 48kg of heroin was recovered. The defendants are members of a syndicate actively involved in cross-border and interstate drug smuggling. INR$2.1 million in drug money was seized along with a cash counting machine and three luxury cars.

Yadav had posted on X: “The tentacles of the syndicate have spread to Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan and Canada, in addition to a domestic network spanning Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat. Heroin was smuggled through Gujarat sea route and J&K land route. Turkey-based Navpreet Singh, a resident of Beas near Amritsar, was the main handler and was also involved in the seizure of 350 kg of heroin by the Delhi Police in 2021.

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