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Kingpin of drug racket arrested by Punjab police

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Jalandhar counter-intelligence wing and Sahib police arrested Jagdev Singh, the of a drug racket, and his three accomplices today, days after the gang was busted, police said.

On August 6, Jalandhar counter-intelligence and had arrested two members of the interstate drug racket, who were allegedly smuggling poppy husk from to A truck was intercepted and 72 quintals of poppy husk packed in 180 bags hidden under raw bananas was seized.

Since then, the counter-intelligence wing of police was keeping a close vigil on the activities of the rest of the gang, AIG, counter-Intelligence, H P S Khakh said.

Suspecting that the smugglers were hiding in Sahib town in district, various police teams there were alerted. One police party intercepted a and apprehend Jagdev Singh, and his accomplices Gurdev Singh, and Lakhwinder Singh, the said.

The said 25 gram of intoxicant powder was seized from and an FIR under various provisions of law was registered the four in Sahib.

"During the preliminary investigation, it has come to notice that Jagdev was a big fish of poppy husk smuggling in and was involved in the drug trade since 1990. Moreover, at least 10 cases under NDPS Act and other sections of IPC were registered against him in different police stations of Punjab," he was quoted as saying in an official release.

The said during the interrogation of the accused it was revealed that they are paying drug money through 'hawala' operators of Punjab to their counterparts in and this link would be investigated.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 19:50 IST