Drug smuggling cartel busted by Punjab police; 2 held with 10 kg heroin, sophisticated US-made drone


Chandigarh, December 25

The Punjab Police on Sunday said it has busted a drug smuggling cartel and arrested two men with 10 kg heroin and a sophisticated drone, from their possession.

Pnujab police seized 10 kg heroin and a sophisticated drone from the smugglers. Photo Credit: Twitter/@DGPPunjabPolice

Punjab Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav said the accused have been identified as Dalbir and Jagdish, both residents of Gharinda in Amritsar.

In a major breakthrough against trans-border narcotic smuggling networks,@AmritsarRPolice has arrested 2 drug cartel kingpins who have been engaged in drug trafficking for the last 3 years amp; has recovered 10 Kgs of #Heroin amp; a drone in the intelligence-based operation. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/taOIFkZ4vE

— DGP Punjab Police (@DGPPunjabPolice) December 25, 2022

We have identified an elaborate drug smuggling amp; distribution network. @PunjabPoliceInd is committed to make our state drug-free as per the vision of CM @BhagwantMann #ActionAgainstDrugs (2/2) pic.twitter.com/ipH8aDiCt3

— DGP Punjab Police (@DGPPunjabPolice) December 25, 2022

They had been engaged in drug trafficking for the past three years and have no criminal case registered against them, he said.

Yadav said the Amritsar Rural Police in an intelligence-based operation successfully busted this cartel which had been supplying contraband to Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh after getting them from across the border using drones.

The US-made sophisticated drone recovered from the duo smugglers is a DJI series drone and is worth Rs 20 lakh. It has hi-tech features, including long-lasting battery backup and infrared-based night vision camera, he said.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar Rural Police, Swapan Sharma said both the smugglers had a well-oiled distribution network in the neighbouring states, which has been identified.

Police teams have been conducting raids at 12 locations in Haryana and Delhi, and more contraband seizures will follow, he further said.

The Amritsar Rural Police have seized 39 kg heroin in the last five months.

Tight vigil along the second line of defence and close coordination with the Border Security Force authorities has resulted in these huge seizures, he said.