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Jammu & Kashmir: Heroin worth Rs 250 crore found in apple boxes in Delhi-bound truck

The NCB sleuths intercepted the truck at Banihal toll plaza near Jammu and during the unloading of apple boxes, they found that the drugs were packed in pouches stuffed under the apple crates.

Villagers claimed that when they went to Samrala police station to complain, the head constable on duty allegedly misbehaved with them and tried to shield the drug peddlers.

The Narcotics Control Bureau has seized more than 50 kg heroin on the outskirts of Jammu city from apple boxes in a fruit-laden truck which was headed to Delhi from Kashmir.

The seizure, the third biggest narcotics haul across India this year, was made at Ban Toll Plaza along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Nagrota on Monday, sources said.

A resident of Kupwara district has been arrested, the sources said, adding that they were informed about an apple-laden truck leaving Kashmir with the contraband. The bureau located the truck near Udhampur and followed it, they said, adding that NCB officials intercepted the vehicle at the toll plaza near Nagrota.

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Fifty packets of heroin stuffed in three cartons, estimated to be worth Rs 250 crore in the international market, were found during unloading of the wooden apple boxes, sources said. The truck was unloaded in Delhi, they said.

Over the past three months, the NCB has seized 161 kg heroin valued at Rs 800 crore from Jammu alone. The seized consignments, sources said, were originally from Afghanistan and reached Jammu and Kashmir via Pakistan.

Last September, the NCB had seized 60 kg heroin during multiple raids in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, arresting four people, and seizing Rs 22 lakh in cash from one of them in Punjab. While 22.14 kg heroin was seized from a car near Jammu, another 38.07 kg was found in Handwara.

In August 2017, the police had intercepted an Amritsar-bound truck carrying scrap paper and seized 51 kg of heroin from a false chamber inside the vehicle. Two people from Jammu were arrested.

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