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Bid to smuggle drugs in apple boxes foiled, 120 kg poppy seized in JK's Kathua


Press Trust of India Jammu
Excise department sleuths have foiled a bid to smuggle drugs in apple boxes from Kashmir to Punjab and impounded a truck with 120 kg of poppy in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, officials said on Tuesday.
A team of the excise department intercepted the Punjab-bound truck at Lakhanpur on Monday night and recovered several boxes of apples, containing a total of 120 kg poppy, they said.
Truck driver Rajinder Singh was arrested and a case registered after the seizure, they said.
The officials said the truck was used to smuggle poppy in apple boxes from the Kashmir Valley.
There are reports that a large-scale smuggling of narcotics is being carried out in the grab of transporting apples from the Valley as there is less checking of trucks carrying the fruit, they added.

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First Published: Oct 29 2019 | 3:10 PM IST

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