The anti-narcotic and anti-illicit liquor smuggling wing arrested a chemist and his employee and recovered psychotropic drugs worth Rs 3 lakh from them on Wednesday.
The accused have been identified as Narpinder Singh alias Nippi of Dugri, who runs a chemist shop, Nippi Mahindra Medicals, at a link road on Gill road, and his employee Raj Kumar of Haibowal.
The accused were carrying drugs in the car. The police have also impounded the car. A case under sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against the accused at Shimlapuri police station.
ACP (crime) Gurbans Singh Bains said that sub-inspector Harbans Singh, incharge at anti-narcotic and anti-illicit liquor smuggling wing, along with Pahwa police laid a trap following a tip-off on Wednesday. The police stopped the accused, who were crossing the area, and recovered the contraband from them.
The police recovered 1,12,200 sedatives, 1,000 capsules and 200 bottles of syrup from their possession.
After being questioned, Narpinder Singh said that he had bought the drugs from 'drug lord' Pawan Goyal of Moga through a middleman few months ago. He told the police that Pawan Goyal and his son Nitin Goyal were booked in a drug peddling case, following which he dumped the drugs in a godown. He added that now, after he thought that the matter had died, he took out the drugs and decided to sell it among addicts.
Sub-inspector Harbans Singh said the police were investigating about the past criminal record of the accused.