Chandigarh, February 9
In yet another major breakthrough against trans-border smuggling networks, Punjab Police have arrested a juvenile after recovering 15 packets of heroin, weighing 15 kg, and Rs 8.4 lakh drug money from his possession, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Thursday.
The 17-year-old arrested drug smuggler is a resident of Amritsar. Apart from recovering heroin and drug money, the police have also recovered a Hero Deluxe motorcycle, on which he was traveling.
In an intelligence-led operation #CI Amritsar arrested a juvenile and recovered 15 kg heroin along with Rs 8.4 lakhs drug money from him at naka on Ram Tirath Road, Amritsar.
Mastermind of the trans-border narcotics smuggling racket Resham Singh is on the run amp; being nabbed 1/2 pic.twitter.com/NM6Hun5cDm
— DGP Punjab Police (@DGPPunjabPolice) February 9, 2023
The development came about 10 days after Punjab Police had busted a trans-border drug smuggling cartel with the arrest of a drug smuggler after recovering five packets of heroin, weighing 5 kg, and Rs 12.15 lakh drug money from his possession during a special checking at Thattha village in Lopoke, Amritsar.
DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable human inputs, police teams of Counter Intelligence (CI) Amritsar conducted a naka on Ram Tirath Road Amritsar and successfully arrested the juvenile, who along with his accomplice identified as Resham Singh of Khasa village in Amritsar was going to deliver the drug consignment after retrieving it from the area of Kakkar village. Preliminary investigations revealed that the consignment of drugs was airdropped by Pakistan-based smugglers using a drone, he said.
He said that drug smuggler Resham Singh, who prima-facie seems to be the mastermind of the trans-border narcotics smuggling racket, managed to flee from the spot. Police teams are on a manhunt to nab him, he added.
AIG CI Amritsar Amarjit Singh Bajwa said that father and grandfather of the arrested juvenile are already undergoing imprisonment under the NDPS act. Further investigations are on to find out who sent the consignment from across the border and to whom accused persons were going to deliver, he added.
Meanwhile, a case FIR no. 6 has been registered under sections 21, 25 and 29 of the NDPS Act at Police Station SSOC Amritsar.