In three weeks, five women held for carrying drugs in Mohali
The city could just well be emerging as a haven for women drug peddlers to ferry small quantities of contraband for a short distance, analysis of arrest made for possession of drug shows. Starting March 25, five women have been arrested for drug peddling in different cases. The latest in the chain being a 21-year-old receptionist at Hotel JW Marriot, Harkanwal Kaur, on Thursday.
The large margin --- a gram of heroin is reportedly procured for Rs 1,300 and sold for Rs 4,000 a gram to the end-user ---- means creating a long trail of suppliers is not really a hindrance to the masterminds.
Harkanwal, of Moga, was arrested by the SAS Nagar Police at a naka in Phase 6 carrying 10gm heroin. Putting up in Sector-12 in Chandigarh, police claim she was on her way to Mohali village to supply the drug. During initial questioning, she has admitted to procuring the drug from Chandigarh and selling it in SAS Nagar and Nayagaon. She has been remanded in judicial custody.
March 25: Two women held with 250-gm heroin from Nayagaon
Two common threads run through the arrests. One is women caught peddling drugs and second is the alleged involvement of three of the five into prostitution. On March 25, Rajwant Kaur and Simranjit Kaur, both aged 45, were arrested from Nayagaon with 250gm of drugs. They are accused of supplying contraband in Nayagaon as well as prostitution, according to police sources.
They also face two previous bookings for carrying contraband and are in judicial custody at Nabha Jail.
March 28: Nigerian woman held from Delhi
Police arrested 32-year-old Nigerian woman Helen from New Delhi, along with her boyfriend Newbooze Nigor on March 28. She is alleged to be the kingpin of a gang that supplied consignments in SAS Nagar for delivery.
April 18: Delhi woman held with 150-gm heroin
Monica (second name not known), of Delhi was nabbed from Nayagaon with 150-gram heroin on April 18. Police have charged her with prostitution and had been staying in SAS Nagar for five years.
End-users are Punjab, UT youngsters
Staff with the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) wing of the police that made the arrests said the arrests show that the drugs were ultimately meant for youngsters between 16-27 years in Punjab and Chandigarh.
Sources in the police also claim that these women, and other suppliers, of drugs used to get their ‘fill’ from Nigerians. Heroin and synthetic drugs were mainly supplied and the SAS Nagar police have arrested eight Nigerians since March 29.
In all cases, the accused women have been booked under Sections 21/61/65 of the NDPS Act.
What police says
“We want to nab conduits for supply into the interiors. Three Nigerians have been held over the past two months,” said CIA inspector Atul Soni.
Hotel employee part of four-member gang
Harkanwal told the police during interrogation that she was introduced to drugs by her friends from abroad about three years ago. She first used it for self-consumption, before deciding to peddle it for easy money. Police said Harkanwal was part of a four-member gang and has named four male accomplices in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar. Her parents had died few years ago and used to stay with her friends. She had completed a course in computers and hotel management.