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Brown sugar worth 80 crore, smuggled from Pakistan, seized in Kupwara

Preliminary investigation revealed that the narcotic substance was smuggled from across the LoC through a narco-smuggling network in the district.

SP Sharma | Jammu |

The police on Thursday arrested two persons in North Kashmir’s Kupwara and seized 19 kg of brown sugar worth about Rs 80 crore that was being smuggled from Pakistan.

Police sources said that acting on specific leads, a police team in Kupwara intercepted a Tata Sumo vehicle bearing registration no: JK01 R 4584 and recovered 19 kilograms of narcotic substance from the possession of the two occupants of the vehicle, namely Zameer Ahmad Raina and Riyaz Ahmad Badan, both residents of Amrohi, Karnah. The worth of the recovered contraband is estimated to be about Rs 70-80 crore in the International market.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the narcotic substance was smuggled from across the LoC through a narco-smuggling network in the district.

The catch will be helpful in protecting the gullible youth from Pakistan based criminals who lure them into drug smuggling and its consumption.

In this regard, an FIR No. 2/2019 under relevant sections of the law has been registered at Police Station Kralpora and further investigation has been set into motion. The investigation will further help to unearth the nexus of Pakistan based drug smuggling network in Kupwara district.

Police urged the citizens to cooperate in the ongoing campaign against drug menace in the society.