STF seizes 188 kg of house heroin in Amritsar
AMRITSAR: In a major drug trafficking campaign, the Punjab special anti-drug force (STF) confiscated almost 190 kg of heroin from a house in the Sultanwind area of Amritsar That was a functioning heroin processing and refining unit and arrested four people, including an Afghan man.
The STF, border range, recovered 188.45 kg of heroin, 38.2 kg of dextromethorphan powder, 25.86 kg of caffeine powder and 6 drums of a chemical composition weighing 207 kg, which were probably used for Cut and mix heroin, Thursday night.
The STF chief, ADGP Harpreet Singh Sidhu said here on Friday that the seizure was made after a drug peddler, Sukhbir Singh aka Happy was arrested with 6 kg heroin. His questioning led to arrest of Amritsar businessman Ankush Kapoor, believed to be the kingpin of heroin supply network.
The role of the Afghan citizen was to refine the heroine
The special work force (STF) received information about the Sultanwind house that was being used to store and process heroin.
Sidhu also revealed that the special force (STF had found that drug trafficking had links with Simranjit Singh Sandhu, allegedly one of the largest drug mafias in the country.
Sandhu has been arrested in Italy according to the red corner notice issued at the behest of the Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad (ATS).
He was wanted in the drug trafficking case in which 300kg of heroin was allegedly smuggled from Pakistan to the Mandvi coast of Gujarat. The STF arrested four persons, including a woman, at the Sultanwind house. The Afghan national, Arman Basharmal, had arrived in New Delhi on January 19 and was summoned to Amritsar to refine and mix the heroin.
The role of the Afghan citizen was to refine the heroine y mezclarla con productos químicos, dijo Sidhu.
A gas burner, commercial cylinders and large steel and aluminum utensils were also recovered in the house.
Others who were arrested included Tamanna Gupta, a resident of Amritsar; Major Singh of Naushehra Khurd village; and Sukhwinder Singh, a trainer at a private gym in Amritsar.
The house belonged to Anwar Masih, who was among the 58 who were appointed vice presidents of SAD in January 2019. Masih claimed that he had given his house for rent to Sukhwinder, whom he knew through an acquaintance, but denied having knowledge of Heroin Refining unit that runs from home.
He claimed that he had put the house up for sale and had even received an advance payment of Rs 4,5 lakh, but the prospective buyer had not paid him the rest of the amount, so he had rented his house.
The exact role of the arrested woman had not yet been identified by the police. “Today is the first day of investigation since the case was recorded Thursday night. We will investigate the matter thoroughly and take action against anyone who has established the function, Sidhu said.
The woman's mother said her daughter had gone to work in the morning but had not returned home since Thursday. He was trying to call her on her mobile phone, but she is off, she said and refused to believe that her daughter was involved with drug dealers.
When asked why the local police had not been able to detect the presence of a heroin refining unit in the area, Sidhu said the special task force (STF) would examine whether there was any negligence or failure by the police. “We will examine as we proceed with the investigation. It may not be right to blame anyone right now, ”he said.