Police on Sunday recovered more than 38kg poppy straw (bhukki) from a truck near Jakheni and arrested two men for allegedly smuggling drugs across state borders.
Senior superintendent of police Anil Magotra said during the surprise checking of vehicles by a police party near a naka point at Jakheni on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, a police party intercepted a truck loaded with fruit boxes.
Noticing some suspicious behaviour of the driver police got the truck's contents unloaded and subjected it to a thorough search.
During the search, police found four fruit boxes filled with poppy husk. The seized drug weighed 38.75 kg.
Sher Partap Singh of Bela village of Batala in Punjab, and Sant Ram of Amritsar in Punjab, who were transporting the contraband from Kashmir Valley towards Punjab, were arrested on the spot, and the vehicle was seized.
Both were booked under Section 8/15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
The SSP said for the past some time, smugglers have been frequently changing their methods of operation to deceive the police personnel deployed at various naka points, adding that a week ago, a truck bearing a fake registration number was impounded after 225kg poppy straw concealed in apple boxes was found in the vehicle.