Amritsar, June 3 : Punjab Police arrested two smugglers with 12 kilograms of heroin worth 14.16 million dollars near the international border with Pakistan.
Acting on a tip off, the police intercepted a car near Lopoke village, near the India-Pakistan border and arrested the smugglers who were trying to pass on the heroin to another smuggler in Chandigarh.
"One's name is Ranjeet Singh and another's is Shamsher Singh. When we searched the car, we found a 12 kilograms of heroin of market value 60 crores," said Iqbal Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police (rural) of Amritsar.
India is viewed as a major transit point for drug smuggling to the West. Heroin is derived from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant, and is marketed as a white or brown powder.