5 interstate narcotics traffickers arrested in Jammu

Jammu/Banihal, Mar 15 (PTI) Five suspected interstate narcotics traffickers were arrested with huge amount of contraband by the anti-narcotics task force here on Tuesday, an official said.

The smugglers – three residents of Punjab and two Kashmiri – were arrested after a truck and a private car were intercepted by ANTF detectives at a specific entrance near the Narwal Transport Station in the outskirts of Jammu, did he declare.

He said 160kg of poppy shells, which were smuggled from the Kashmir Valley to Punjab, were recovered during the search of the vehicles.

A case under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) has been filed against the arrested narcotics traffickers, the official said and identified those arrested as Bashir Ahmad Dar of Charar-e-Sharief (Budgam ), Javid Ahmad of Pulwama, Dalip Singh. from Jalandhar, Paramjeet Singh and Hanook Singh from Ferozpur (Punjab).

During the initial investigation, the official said it was discovered that these drug dealers were using a fake license plate number on the truck to dodge the police.

“The Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) is investigating back and forth links to this shipment and further arrests are expected,” he said.

Meanwhile, police foiled a narcotics smuggling bid at Banihal on the Jammu-Srinagar trunk road with the recovery of 90kg of poppy straw from a truck bound for Punjab on Tuesday, officials said.

The truck driver, Irshad Itoo of Kulgam, was arrested and convicted under the NDPS Act, they said.

In another incident, they said that truck driver Angrez Kumar from Reasi was arrested under NDPS law after four kg of poppy straw was recovered from his vehicle in Banihal.

PTI CORR/TAS SRY

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