Heroin worth `50 lakh seized, man arrested

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 19, 2014 20:06 IST

A day after three men were arrested with 50gm heroin worth `25 lakh, the anti-narcotics and anti-illicit liquor smuggling wing arrested a 27-year-old man after recovering 100gm heroin from his possession in Salem Tabri on Sunday.

The recovered heroin costs `50 lakh in the international market.

The accused has been identified as Stephen Sidhu of Peeru Banda.

Wing incharge sub-inspector (SI) Harbans Singh said the accused was arrested from a checkpoint at Salem Tabri following a tip-off on Sunday.

Singh claimed that the accused confessed to have procured the contraband from a man named Kalu of Ferozepur, and used to sell it among drug addicts.

The SI said Sidhu was a former employee of Smartchip Company, the firm outsourced by the government to make driving licences and registration certificates of vehicles at district transport office (DTO).

“However, he was expelled from the job a year ago after allegations of embezzlement. Thereafter, he took to drug peddling to make easy money,” he added.

A case under sections 22, 61 and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered at Salem Tabri police station.

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