Having seized narcotic drugs worth more than Rs. 100 crore this year so far, district (rural) police have attached the properties of 13 convicts under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
"We have attached the properties of the 13 convicts under Clauses 21/61/85 of the NDPS Act, which provides for attaching the properties of those convicted by the court," senior superintendent of police (SSP) Yurinder Singh Hayer told HT, adding that the process for attaching the properties of 22 more convicts was started recently.
Elaborating on the process of attaching properties, the SSP said after the properties owned by the convicts were identified, a list was forwarded to the Narcotics Control Bureau, which later instructed the district administration for final attachment of the properties.
"We have recovered narcotics worth more than `100 crore in the current year, including 19kg heroin worth `95 crore," the SSP claimed, adding that the national highway, which extends up to the international border, was the main route used by drug smugglers.
"Strict vigil by police personnel has enabled the recovery of such a large amount of narcotics," he claimed.
'Youths attracted by monetary gain'
The SSP denied that increase in heroin addiction had led to increase in the supply of drugs in the district. He added that those arrested for smuggling disclosed during interrogation that they acted as couriers to supply drugs to other links. These drugs were dispatched to other countries, where their retail price went up to Rs. 5 crore per kg.
"The huge margin of monetary gain in the narcotics trade is the mean reason why so many unemployed youths in the state are involved in it," he said, adding that the heroin smuggled into the country was sold at Rs. 10 to Rs. 20 per kg, but once it was smuggled abroad, the margin multiplied manifold.
Regarding changing trends of narcotic circulation in the district, the SSP said nearly 1.5kg cocaine, considered a high-quality drug, was seized in the district last year. It appeared to indicate the emergence of the drug, but no such seizure was made after that.
"After the first incident
of recovery of party drug methamphetamine (better known as Ice) in the state, in which 1.2kg were seized, led to the recovery of Ice worth `200 crore from drug kingpin Raja Kandola," he added.
Recoveries under NDPS Act (January 1, 2013 to November 12)
Cases registered: 541
People arrested: 719
Drug Quantity seized
Heroin 18.953 kg
Smack 5.109 kg
Charas 2.7 kg
Opium 4.52 kg
Poppy husk 210 quintal
Two held, 200 bags of poppy husk seized
Shahkot: Special staff of Jalandhar (rural) police recovered 200 bags ofpoppy husk loaded in a truck from near Raibwal Dona village on Tuesday. Station house officer Harjit Singh said Puran Singh and his brother Amar Singh, residents of Toti village in Kapurthala, have been arrested in this connection. Mehatpur police also arrested a drug peddler after recovering intoxicant powder from his possession. SHO Manjit Singh said the accused, Joginder Singh of Gogalwala village in Kapurthala, was caught with 150g intoxicant powder. Cases were registered against the three under the NDPS Act.