Punjab police bust drug cartel running from inside Faridkot jail; arrest 7 with 15 kg heroin

The consignment was sent by Pakistan-based smugglers using drones and were expected to deliver it in Amritsar.

BySouth First Desk

Published Sep 03, 2023 | 1:12 PMUpdatedSep 03, 2023 | 1:12 PM

Faridkot Jail drug

In a major blow to cross-border narco-terrorism, the Counter Intelligence wing of the Punjab Police busted a major drug cartel on Saturday, 2 September, which was being operated from inside the Faridkot Jail

The police nabbed 7 traffickers and recovered 15 kg of heroin and ₹7 lakh of drug money from their possession.

Those arrested have been identified as Gurpinder Singh alias Bhinda, Narinder Singh and Ranjodh Singh alias Jodha, residents of Haruwal village in Gurdaspur district, and Rajdeep Singh, Ram Singh, Jaspal Singh, Rajwinder Kaur, residents of Ferozepur.

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Delivered using drone

According to Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav, the Counter Intelligence team of Amritsar received reliable input that Gurpinder Bhinda, Narinder and Ranjodh Jodha had recently retrieved a heroin consignment from the area near Haruwal village.

He added that the consignment was sent by Pakistan-based smugglers using drones and were expected to deliver it in Amritsar.

Acting on the information, the team arrested the trio from the Haruwal area of Gurdaspur and recovered 15 kg of heroin from their possession, while four others were arrested from Amritsar.

The consignment was delivered in six sorties, each carrying a packet of 2.5 kg of Heroin, he added.

“Investigations have revealed that the mastermind Jaspreet Singh alias Kali of Moga, who is currently lodged in Faridkot Jail, was in touch with Pakistan-based drug smugglers via WhatsApp and was managing this drug cartel from the jail. The police team will soon bring him on production warrant for further investigations,” said the DGP.