Punjab: More drugs found, total haul worth over Rs 484 cr now

The Fatehgarh Sahib police Sunday recovered 10 kg of drug 'ice (methamphetamine)' and 230 kg of pseudophedrine that is used as a raw material in its production during three separate raids in Punjab and Haryana.

The police stated that both ice and pseudophedrine, apart from heroin, were being smuggled to the UK, Canada and the Netherlands by the Anoop Singh Kahlon gang through Kulwant Singh. A UK national, Kulwant was arrested in this case from Delhi on March 19. Kahlon is also believed to have supplied heroin to Olympic medialist Vijender Singh.

Kahlon and Kulwant have reportedly told the police that the international retail price of ice is about Rs 5 crore per kg while the raw material goes for Rs 1 crore per kg. The total retail price of the seizures made in the case till now in the international market is estimated to be Rs 484 crore.

The modus operandi, as per the police:

* Pseudophedrine was sourced from a pharmaceutical factory in Meerut, being run by a retired DSP of Uttar Pradesh Police, Kirpal Singh (also under arrest), and his son Anuj (who is absconding).

* Heroin was brought in from Afghanistan and Pakistan, allegedly by Jagdish Bhola (absconding), and then smuggled abroad along with ice and pseudophedrine. Consignments were sent both via air cargo from Delhi and by ship from Mumbai, which was allegedly organised by Kulwant Singh and Paramjit Singh (both arrested).

* In the UK, consignments were received by Latif, a man of Pakistani origin settled in the UK, who is allegedly an associate of Kulwant. In Canada, Kulwant's alleged accomplice was his father-in-law, Nirankar Singh Dhillon, while in Holland, two Punjab-origin men "Sam" and "Garry" received the drugs. Sam and Garry are reportedly associates of Manpreet, a Canadian national who was arrested earlier.

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