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16 kg heroin seized from Punjab

The BSF seized 10 kg heroin concealed along the Indo-Pak border while another six kg of the contraband was recovered from a person in Punjab.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2008 20:29 IST

The BSF on Saturday seized 10 kg heroin with street value of Rs 50 crore concealed along the Indo-Pak border while another six kg of the contraband was recovered from a person in Punjab.

Acting on a tip off, a special search operation was conducted and 10 packets of the contraband were found covered with leaves in a field in Sarkanda area between the border fence and international boundary, a BSF release said in Jalandhar.

The packets had an Afghan seal and one was marked in Pushtu language.

Each packet weighed one kilogram and the street value of he consignment was approximately Rs 50 crore, the release said adding that on July 30 also four kilograms of heroin was seized from the same area.

The BSF claimed that due to record production of opium and heroin in Afghanistan, the smugglers from across the border were constantly trying to push the contraband into India so that it can be smuggled to Europe and the US.

In recent months, the BSF has seized 55 kgs of heroin from Indo-Pak border along Punjab.

Smugglers have now changed their modus operandi and are using "clear and conceal" method, where they hide the consignment near zero line and then enter through fence gates in the disguise of farmers to pick up the narcotics.

In another seizure, Special Narcotic Cell of Punjab Police seized six kgs of heroin with street value of Rs six crore in the international market.

The drug was found from the possession of Swarn Singh, a resident of Village Dowkey near Indo-Pak border.

The accused was carrying the consignment to Delhi but was arrested on a tip off at Jandiala town at the National Highway nearly 20 km away from the Amritsar, police said.