Punjab police bust drug smuggling network; one arrested with 12kg heroin

Amritsar: In a big blow to trans-border narcotic network amidst the ongoing war against drugs waged on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Punjab Police have busted a cross-border drug smuggling racket being operated by USA-based smuggler Sarwan Singh with the arrest of one person after recovering 12Kg heroin from his possession, said Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav here on Monday.

Notably, Sarwan Singh, who is carrying Rs 2 lakh reward on his arrest, is a brother of infamous drug smuggler Ranjeet alias Cheeta and is wanted in a 532-kg Heroin haul case, in which the latter was arrested in May 2020. Ranjit Cheeta was the mastermind behind the smuggling of 532 packets of heroin which were seized by Customs department at ICP Attari in July 2019 and is being investigated by the NIA.

The arrested drug smuggler has been identified as Rahul of Naraingarh in Amritsar. Apart from seizing heroin, Police teams have also impounded his Honda Amaze car, in which he was travelling.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following intel inputs that associates of Sarwan Singh have retrieved the heroin consignment dropped via drone and they are going to deliver it to someone, State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) Amritsar conducted a special police checking in the city area of Amritsar, and arrested the accused Rahul after recovering 12 packets of heroin, weighing 1kg each, from his Honda Amaze car.

A case FIR no. 44 dated 22.10.2023 has been registered under sections 21, 25 and 29 of the NDPS Act at Police State Special Operation Cell Amritsar.




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