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Drug peddler arrested in J-K; 865 kg poppy straw seized

Press Trust of India  |  Banihal (JK) 

A suspected drug peddler was arrested Tuesday after 865 kg of was found in his truck here along the Jammu-National Highway, police said.

An apple-laden truck was stopped for checking at a railway crossing in Banihal and during inspection, 13 bags filled of were found hidden underneath the apple boxes, a police said.

The of the truck, Surjit Kumar of district in Punjab, was arrested and booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, he said.

During questioning, Kumar revealed that the consignment was meant to be sold in and that he had previously smuggled huge consignments of from the valley into Punjab, the 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 added.

Poppy straw is the source of opium, which is used as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drug.

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First Published: Tue, November 27 2018. 18:10 IST