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J&K: Police nabs 5 drug peddlers in Udhampur district

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In a massive crackdown, Jammu and Kashmir police arrested five alleged drug smugglers along with 120 kg of poppy straw and over 3,000 intoxicant capsules in Udhampur district.

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A police spokesperson said, “Acting on a tip-off, a police party stopped a truck at Tikri in Udhampur district and recovered 120 kg of poppy straw from the vehicle.” “Two smugglers including Yawar Ahmad Ganai and Tariq Ahmad Malik were arrested. Further investigation led to the arrest of two other local conduits of the drug network,” the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson further said, “In another incident in Kathua, Romesh Lal alias Deep was arrested after 3,312 intoxicant capsules were recovered from his possession at village near Nagri in Kathua district.” “A case has been registered against all the accused under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act,” he concluded.

Last week, Jammu and Kashmir police arrested two alleged inter-state narcotic smugglers. Around 202 kg of poppy straw was also seized from their possession.

According to the official figure, 64 kilograms of charas, 7.5 kilograms of charas powder, 194 kilograms of bhang and bhang dust, 925 kilograms of fukki, 915 kilograms of poppy straw and 3.75 kilograms of brown sugar were seized in the year 2016 from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Similarly, in the year 2015 police had registered 375 cases and arrested 442 people and 13 others have been booked under PSA.

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