The Chandigarh police operation cell claimed to have arrested a person involved in smuggling of banned drugs and recovered a total of 12,39,36 capsules worth around Rs 10 lakh from his possession, here on Saturday.
The accused has been identified as 28-year-old drug addict Pawan Kumar, resident of Badheri village. He was held at a naka laid near Sector 41 by a special operation cell team in view of the festive season in the wee hours of Saturday.
The accused was caught carrying drugs packed in 13 boxes, a suitcase and a bag on a cart. The police stopped him for verification and recovered the banned capsules - Spasmocip, Parvon Spas and Spasmo Proxyvon on searching the boxes.
The accused stored the drugs at his one-room rented accommodation in Badheri village and supplied it to drug addicts in the tricity and surrounding areas.
Operation cell deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jagbir Singh said the manufacturing and sale of the seized drugs was banned by the government of India. A case under section 22 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) was registered at the Sector-39 police station. The accused was produced in the court and sent to police remand.
It is yet to ascertain from where the drugs were procured and supplied. The police have not ruled out the possibility of involvement of local chemists in the tricity. According to police officials, a large number of youth were consuming the banned drugs in the tricity.