With the arrest of seven persons, including a Nigerian national and two New Delhi-based property dealers, and recovery of 5-kilogram heroin and Rs 10.40 lakh drug money, the rural police on Saturday claimed to have busted an inter-state racket that supplied drugs for rave parties in the national capital, Haryana and other states.
Four persons from various districts of the state were also arrested in this connection.
The contraband is worth Rs 25 crore, while the drug money includes 7,000 US dollars, the police said. Three cars were also impounded during an operation carried out by three teams of the special branch.
The accused have been identified as Eze, who hails from Lagos in Nigeria, Rakesh Chander Gogna and Som Nath of Mahavir Enclave in New Delhi, Ajit Singh of Jaitowali in Jalandhar, Mohammad Rasheed of Amargarh in Sangrur, Dharwinder Singh and Gurjeet Singh of Khusropur in Kapurthala district.
The police claimed that the accused brought the contraband from Jammu and Kashmir and used to sell it at rave parties in New Delhi, Haryana and other states.
Addressing a press conference, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jaspreet Sindh Sidhu, SP (investigation) HPS Khakh said acting on a tip-off, a team led by sub-inspector Shiv Kumar laid a trap on GT Road near Phillaur and stopped a Verna car (PB08-BG-4444) for checking.
During checking, the police nabbed Rakesh Chander Gogna, the alleged kingpin, his accomplice Som Nath and Eze and recovered 2.6 kg heroin, `70,000 in Indian currency and US $7,000.
Sidhu said another team headed by sub-inspector Surinder Singh checked a Maruti Swift car (PB13-AV-7119) near Kishangarh village on the Jalandhar-Pathankot road and nabbed Ajit Singh and Muhammad and recovered 1.5kg heroin and Rs 4 lakh.
Another team arrested Dharwinder, Gurjeet Singh after checking into a Maruti car and recovered 1.3 kg heroin and Rs 1.20 lakh.
The SSP further said the heroin was being brought from areas of Jammu and Kashmir by Gogna, Som Nath and Eze and were in the drug business for last two years.
He revealed that Gogna is physically handicapped and was taking advantage of this to further his drug business, assuming that nobody will suspect him of unlawful activity.
The SSP informed that Eze was selling heroin brought by Gogna and Som Nath from J&K to foreign nationals living in the national capital.