The Patiala police on Friday claimed to have busted two gangs of drug peddlers with the arrest of four suspects, including a Nigerian man, who were in the district to supply the contraband to students.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, superintendent of police (SP, investigation) Harvinder Singh Virk said suspect Joseph James, a Nigerian citizen, and Rakesh Kumar Sharma, both residents of New Delhi, were arrested during the checking of vehicles near the Civil Lines Chowk in Patiala on Thursday.
Virk said a police team, led by assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurmej Singh, had set up the checkpoint following a tip-off. Police recovered 255 grams of heroin, worth `55 lakh, from their possession, said the SP. Their WagonR car (DL 9C AB 0564) was also impounded, he said.
Police also managed to nab Sanjeev Kumar of Patran town and Kuldeep Singh of Ghagga town at another checkpoint set up near the PRTC workshop on the Nabha road. The two were travelling in a Swift car (PB 11 BT 3704).
ASI Jaspal Singh recovered 260 grams of intoxicant powder from their possession, said Virk.
Two separate cases have been registered against them under Section 21/61/85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at the Patiala Civil Lines police station.
Virk said the drug peddlers were planning to supply the contraband to youngsters, especially students of schools and colleges in the district. He said investigations are on to trace their network and identify the customers.
Local gang was ferrying ‘smuggled’ drugs via Kashmir
While the Nigerian man and his accomplice were ferrying heroin from Delhi, the local gang was carrying contraband suspected to be smuggled from Pakistan through Kashmir. SP Harvinder Singh Virk said suspects Sanjeev Kumar and Kuldeep Singh had brought the intoxicant powder from Srinagar. Their dealer has been identified as one Mukhtiar Khan, who might have smuggled it from Pakistan, he said. Virk said the duo had delivered some drugs at Ludhiana on their way to Patiala.