Two drug peddlers held, 100 kg poppy straw seized in J&K

JAMMU: Two suspected drug peddlers were arrested Friday after over 100 kilogram of poppy straw was recovered from them in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban and Samba districts, police said.

Raju Masi, resident of Gurdaspore area of Punjab, was arrested after 100 kg of poppy straw was recovered from his truck on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Ramban town, a police spokesperson said.

He said the driver was trying to smuggle the contraband under the garb of transporting apples from Kashmir to outside the state.

An FIR under the NDPS Act was registered against him, the spokesman said, adding the truck was also seized.

In another operation, police intercepted a person who was moving under suspicious circumstances at the Nud area of Samba district.

On frisking, 500 grams of poppy straw was found on him, the official said.

The accused, Romesh Chander of Samlah village, was booked under the NDPS Act, he said.

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