District police in a joint operation with state special operation cell nabbed three people, including a serving Border Security Force (BSF) constable, and recovered 19-kg heroin worth `95 crore.
Senior superintendent of police Rajjit Singh said the accused had been identified as Rachpal Singh, Gurwinder Singh and BSF constable Gurpreet Singh.
He said, "Rachpal Singh, the kingpin of the heroin trafficking gang, was earlier arrested by the district police. A sustained operation was launched after his arrest and the rest of the gang arrested."
He disclosed that the heroin was recovered by the district police in Sarhali village and a case registered under the NDPS Act.
The SSP said that the gang had managed to compromise certain low-level officials of the Border Security Force (BSF), who helped them transport the heroin across the border. Gurwinder, who was from Ramuwal village, had fixed a meeting with Gurpreet Muglani village, near Khadoor Sahib. Using this information, police arrested Gurwinder and Gurpreet on Tuesday.
"Preliminary questioning of Rachpal revealed that he received consignments from was in touch with major Pakistani smugglers, including Abad Ali of Lahore and Zulfikar of Kasoor, who were his main suppliers. An operation has been launched to nab Indian smugglers listed by him," he added.
The accused would be produced in court where police remand for further questioning would be sought, he said.
Notably, in a recent meeting, director general of police Sumedh Saini had directed all SSPs and police commissioners to focus on exposing drug trafficking rackets.