3 interstate drug peddlers arrested: Police

Jammu and Kashmir police Sunday claimed to have arrested three “interstate drug peddlers” and recovered cannabis and poppy straw from their possession, here in Ramban.

Police said, “During surprise checking of vehicles near Khowbagh crossing on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the cops intercepted two interstate narcotic smugglers, who were found to be in possession of cannabis. They were transporting the narcotics in two cars, DL4CAP 7336 and DL4CND 2099.”

The police claimed to have recovered 18 kilogram of cannabis from the two cars. The accused have been identified as Mohammad Qasim and Mohammad Karim Sheikh, both residents of Mumbai, police said, adding that an FIR has been registered and they are investigating the case further.

Meanwhile, the police said, during checking near Nashir tunnel, the stationed cops intercepted a Jammu-bound truck, HR37D 5567, and recovered three quintals of poppy straw from it.

“The poppy straw had been kept hidden in 12 gunny bags, placed at the back of the truck,” police said, adding that the accused driver, identified as Nazir Ahmed of Himachal Pardesh has been arrested.

An FIR has been registered and police are investigating the case further.