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New Modus Operandi Of Drug Traffickers, Ambulances Being Used To Peddle Narcotic Substances

A gang of drug traffickers was busted at Dappad Toll Plaza near Chandigarh who used to smuggle them in an ambulance.

Ambulances Being Used To Peddle Narcotic Substances
Ambulances Being Used To Peddle Narcotic Substances. (Representational Image)

Chandigarh: A new modus operandi to smuggle narcotics to Punjab has been busted, whereby ambulances are being used to smuggle drugs. A gang of drug traffickers was busted at Dappad Toll Plaza near Chandigarh who used to smuggle them in an ambulance.

The smugglers were a trio comprising a ‘patient’, an ambulance driver, and a peddler who used to smuggle opium and cocaine from Rae Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh to Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab. Those arrested have been identified as Harendra Sharma, the driver of the ambulance, Ravi Srivastava the peddler who belongs to Naya Gaon, and Ankush a resident of Khuda Ali Sher, who was posing as a patient.

The accused now in police custody used to buy opium at the rate of Rs one lakh per kg of opium. After having smuggled them into Punjab, the accused used to mix them with another substance and double their quantity and then sell it for Rs 1.75 lakh per kg. Out of this amount, the ambulance driver used to charge Rs 35,000 per consignment.

According to Mohali SSP Vivek Sheel Soni, the accused used to procure opium from Rae Bareilly and supply it in Chandigarh, Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib, and other adjoining areas of the Tricity.

Till now, this particular ambulance had been ferried at least on a dozen occasions to supply drugs from Rae Bareilly to Punjab. Sources said, the police are looking at the possibility of this being the tip of the iceberg, and that a larger drug racket operating to peddle drugs in ambulances may be operating in Punjab from UP or other parts of the region.

The gang was busted after a special barricade was laid at the Dappad Toll Plaza on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. The checking of the vehicles was being carried out when an ambulance on its way from Ambala to Chandigarh was stopped. Upon checking, it was found that the ambulance had no oxygen cylinder and no first aid kit. Just that a ‘patient’ was lying on a stretcher. When the patent was asked to move aside a huge consignment of opium was found under him.

The police arrested the three accused and the ambulance was seized on the spot.

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