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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 2:11 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 2:11 AM (IST)

10.5 kg heroin worth Rs 57 cr found near border fencing

10.5 kg heroin worth Rs 57 cr found near border fencing
Drug smugglers in the custody of the Special Task Force in Mohali. Tribune photo

Our Correspondent

Ferozepur, May 16

Troops of 29 Battalion, BSF, along with sleuths of the Special Task Force (STF), Ludhiana, carried out a joint operation during which seven packets of heroin, weighing 10.5 kg, were recovered from an area ahead of the border fencing near the Gatti Hyatt BOP along the Indo-Pakistan border.

While giving details, Balkar Singh, IG (STF), said the STF had nabbed two notorious drug peddlers, identified as Jarnail Singh of Jaimal Singh Wala village in Ferozepur and Sukhwinder Singh of Dal village in Tarn Taran, and recovered 1 kg heroin along with a Pakistani SIM card from them. In this regard, a case was registered under the NDPS Act by the STF at the Phase IV police station, Mohali, on Tuesday.

Snehdeep Sharma, AIG (STF), said both the drug peddlers had been involved in the trade since long time and several cases under the NDPS Act were already registered against them.

The IG (STF) said during interrogation, the arrested drug peddlers revealed information regarding another consignment of drugs received from across the border. Based on the input, a joint operation was planned with the BSF during which further recovery of 10.5 kg heroin was made.

BS Rajpurohit, DIG, BSF, said the consignment of drugs was buried in the fields of Surjeet Singh of Kishore Singh Ke Jhugge village in Mamdot block. The cost of the seized drugs in the international market was Rs 57.5 crore.

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