Punjab Police busts cross-border drug smuggling network, arrests three with 8 kg heroin


Chandigarh: As the war on drugs continues on the directives of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, the Punjab Police have busted a cross-border drug smuggling network, arrested three drug smugglers and seized eight kg heroin from their possession, Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav said on Tuesday.

The arrested have been identified as Gursahib Singh, a resident of Janjyoti village in Amritsar, Sajjan Singh of Bachna Kalan village in Amritsar and Satnam Singh of Kot Khalsa in Amritsar. Besides recovering the heroin consignment, the police team also recovered one .30 bore pistol, 26 rounds of .30 bore live ammunition from their possession and seized a Maruti Swift car and a Splendor bike.

Director General Gaurav Yadav said the Counter Intelligence Wing Amritsar had received information that drug traffickers had recovered a huge consignment of heroin dropped by a drone from a waterfall on the Indo-Pakistan border near Dharamkot Patan village and were planning to deliver the consignment to drug supplier Satnam Singh near Kot Khalsa opposite Khalsa College in Amritsar.

Acting swiftly, a police team led by DSP CI Amritsar Balbir Singh set up a special cordon at Ada Khusro Tali and arrested Gur Sajan while he was travelling on a motorbike and seized 7.5 kg heroin and 16 live rounds from their possession, he said.

Later, a police team laid a trap and also arrested drug peddler Satnam Singh of Kot Khalsa area and recovered 500 gram heroin, one .30 bore pistol and 10 live cartridges from their possession and seized a Swift car, he said.

The provincial police chief said preliminary investigations showed that the suspects were in direct contact with Pakistan-based drug smugglers to import heroin from Pakistan and distribute it in the province.

Investigations have also revealed that Pakistan-based drug smugglers were using drones to transport this drug consignment across the border, he said, adding that further investigations are on to find out the forward and backward links to uncover 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 with the State Special Operations Wing, Amritsar Police Station.



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