Drug refining racket busted 3 yrs in the past, too
Amritsar, January 10
Is Punjab changing into a degree for refining uncooked heroin smuggled from Pakistan? This query has cropped up because the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) busted two factories and a laboratory in Ludhiana. NCB sleuths arrested 16 individuals, together with two Afghan nationals, and seized 60 kg of contraband from completely different locations in a 45-day operation.
In February 2020, the STF had unearthed a heroin-refining racket in Amritsar’s Sultanwind village. The police had confiscated over 188-kg heroin other than 38 kg of dextromethorphan powder, 25-kg caffeine powder and 6 drums containing 207 kg of chemical composition for refining heroin.
An Afghan nationwide, Arman Basharmal, was nabbed from an opulent home at Akash Vihar in Sultanwind. The home belonged to former SAD chief Anwar Masih, who was additionally arrested later.
An official of the STF stated smuggling via coastal route, particularly Gujarat, had witnessed an enormous improve prior to now a number of years.
IG, Border Vary, Mohnish Chawla stated smuggling via sea route had positively witnessed an increase, however smugglers have been additionally utilizing Punjab as a transit level.