The Punjab Police seized 7.93 lakh tablets, capsules and injections of Pharma opioids in last one week during various raids.
Punjab IGP Sukhchain Singh Gill stated that the seizure include 6.82 lakh intoxicant tablets, 17169 injectable narcotics, 85442 intoxicant capsules, and 8648 vials of intoxicant syrup.
IGP Gill said, "The major recovery comes after the Fatehgarh Sahib police had busted a pharmaceutical drug cartel and seized over 7 lakh tablets/capsules/injections of pharma opioids during a raid at an illegal storage godown in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh".
The Punjab Police have arrested 508 drug smugglers/suppliers after registering 389 first information reports (FIRs), including 40 commercial, under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act across the state in the last one week. In addition to this, the Police have also arrested 31 Proclaimed offenders and absconders wanted in NDPS cases in the past week.
The police have also recovered 8.37 kg Heroin, 32.28 kg opium, 53.2 kg Ganja, and 140 quintals of poppy husk besides recovering Rs 11.73 lakh drug money after carrying out cordon and search operations in drug-affected areas beside laying nakas at vulnerable routes across the state.
The recent arrests showed that the drug peddlers have been using service vehicles like ambulance for drug smuggling.
The Mohali Police nabbed three people after recovering 8 kg opium concealed in a pillow placed under the head of a fake patient lying in an ambulance during a check on Ambala-Chandigarh route.
The Punjab Police have hence ordered all Commissioners of Police/SSPs have been asked to conduct meetings with hospitals and NGOs providing ambulance services to get the list of genuine ambulances so that safe passage could be provided to patients, while, keeping vigil on the anti-social elements using emergency service vehicles for such work.