An apple-laden truck was stopped for checking at a railway crossing in Banihal and during inspection, 13 bags filled of poppy straw were found hidden underneath the apple boxes, a police spokesperson said.
During questioning, Kumar revealed that the consignment was meant to be sold in Punjab and that he had previously smuggled huge consignments of poppy straw from the valley into Punjab, the official said.
The truck along with the poppy straw wa seized and an investigation is underway, he said.
More recoveries and arrests are likely in the case, the spokesperson added.
Poppy straw is the source of opium, which is used as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drug.
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