The district (rural) police on Monday claimed to have made a big haul of narcotics with the recovery of 38 quintals of poppy husk and arrested two persons under NDPS Act.
Acting on a tip off that a truck loaded with huge quantity of poppy husk would pass from the Mehatpur area of the district, a trap was laid and finally the track was traced late last night, senior superintendent of police, Yurinder Singh Hayer told reporters.
Search of the truck led to the recovery of 110 bags containing 38 quintals of poppy husk worth Rs 1.15 crore in the local market, SSP said adding that occupants of the truck identified as Kubir Singh alias Kulla and Dharminder Singh (real brothers) resident of Kot Mohammad Khan village of Moga district.
During preliminary interrogation, the accused revealed that they used to smuggle poppy husk from Madhya Pradesh and used to sell it further to the local drug paddlers, SSP said adding that to hide narcotics they covered it with the chili flakes, so that even smell of the contraband could be avoided.
It is learnt that Dharmender was earlier also booked and lodged in Ferozepur Jail under NDPS Act and recently released on bail, Singh added.
Recently, his brother Kulbir also joined him in drug smuggling, SSP said adding that investigation is on to know the route of narcotic smuggling and about those, who used to purchase it from them.
Asked how it could be possible that loaded truck with poppy remained unchecked during its way from Madhya Pradesh to Punjab, SSP also expressed doubts over it and said that every angle regarding this is under scanner.
“We have informed our senior officials and they would take up the issue of drug smuggling with their counterparts in Madhya Pradesh”, he added.
SSP claimed that on the instruction of DGP, a special campaign was launched against drug paddling and within six months 111 quintals of poppy husk, 12 kg of heroin, 1.5 kg of cocaine, 51 kg of opium and synthetic drug worth Rs 200 crore were recovered.