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Smugglers devise new way to transport heroin

After recovering nearly three kilogrammes of heroin from an iron pipe,welded at both ends,in an area near the Tapu border outpost in the Ferozepur sector on Monday,the BSF claimed to have unearthed a new modus operandi by smugglers transporting the contraband.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Published: May 8, 2012 12:12 am

After recovering nearly three kilogrammes of heroin from an iron pipe,welded at both ends,in an area near the Tapu border outpost in the Ferozepur sector on Monday,the BSF claimed to have unearthed a new modus operandi by smugglers transporting the contraband.

“This is first of its kind smuggling attempt by Pakistani smugglers. Acting on the specific intelligence inputs,the heroin was recovered from the iron pipe welded at both ends. An iron cutter was used to extract the heroin from the pipe,which was lying close to the border fencing,” a senior BSF official said. The pipe resembles an agricultural tool like the ones used to tow tractor trolleys,the official added.

The international worth of the seized heroin is nearly Rs 15 crore. With Monday’s seizure,the total amount of heroin seized by the BSF on Indo-Pak border along Punjab has become a whopping 143 kilogrammes,worth over Rs 700 crore in the international market. The BSF has recovered caches of arms and shot dead nine Pakistani intruders and one Indian national to thwart smuggling attempts.

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