110-kg poppy husk seized from truck, driver arrested

Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, September 8 The CIA staff-1 of the Commissionerate Police on Tuesday arrested a truck driver and seized 110 kg of poppy husk from the vehicle. The driver has been identified as Balwinder Singh (45) of Railu Majra village in Rupnagar district.

Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the CIA staff laid a naka in Paragpur on the national-highway and stopped a truck (PB65-E-7989) loaded with homoeopathic medicines for checking. He said during search the police found six plastic bags packed with 110 kg of poppy husk from the truck. Balwinder during interrogation told that he had brought the contraband from Rajasthan and was in the drug business for the last two years.

He was also in touch with a peddler, Dinesh of Rajasthan, and was pushing the poppy husk in Punjab with his help. Bhullar said before entering Jalandhar, Balwinder had supplied a drug consignment in Ludhiana’s Dehlon to a person on the instance of Dinesh and also had to deliver 100-kg poppy husk here to latter’s link in Jalandhar and 10-kg was to be sold out by himself. Balwinder used to get Rs 30,000 commission for each quintal of supplying the drugs.

The suspect has been booked under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

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