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Hyderabad: Two Punjabi natives arrested for transporting and selling drugs

The Rachakonda Police Special Operations Team and the Keesara police arrested two Punjab natives here on Friday who were involved in transporting and selling drugs.

Jagtar Singh (58), owner of Sandeep Punjabi Dhaba at Kandlakoya, and Jaimal Singh (28), a worker at the dhaba, were arrested with 900 grams of poppy straw concentrate and Rs.1.4 lakh in cash. Meanwhile, Ranjit Singh, another drug dealer from Punjab, is still at large.

A police official said Jagtar Singh, who had previously worked as a truck driver, had come to the city a decade ago and set up the dhaba on the national highway near the Kandlakoya Toll Plaza.

Mahesh M.Bhagwat, the police commissioner of Rachakonda, said that about four months ago, Jagtar Singh and Ranjit Singh obtained narcotic substances from Punjab and then sold them in Hyderabad.

The commissioner said that Jagtar knew several truck drivers who frequented the Dhaba and befriended Ranjit Singh of Punjab. Jagtar and Ranjit decided to sell poppy straw concentrate to customers in the city about four months ago. As per the plan, Ranjit sells the contraband to Jagtar for 300 per gram and Jagtar sells it to local customers for 600 to 700 per gram.

Ranjit Singh procured poppy straw concentrate in Punjab for a low price and brought it to Jagtar Singh on his truck on a commission basis.

Bhagwat said that the police intercepted a car at Shamirpet and arrested the two based on a tip-off.

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Under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the accused were charged with related offences.

In addition to being a primary source of morphine, poppy straw concentrate is also used to make heroin. It is illegal to sell or trade opium and poppy straw in India, police said.





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