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India Canadian Of Punjabi Origin Held With Heroin Worth Rs 15cr

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Canadian of Punjabi origin held with heroin worth Rs 15cr

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Sep 27, 2012, 06.30AM IST

AMRITSAR: Canada-based international drug mafia is now roping in young Indo-Canadian youths to smuggle heroin from Punjab on allurement of handsome returns. Their nefarious plans were exposed after the arrest of 22-year-old Sarabjit Singh, a Canadian national of Indian origin, who was trying to smuggle 2.9 kilograms of heroin valued at around Rs 15 crore ( market value of approximately $2 million ) in the international market from Sri Guru Ram Das International Airport on Tuesday night.

According to sources, Sarabjit Singh was to board Jet Airways flight on way to Canada via Delhi on Tuesday night when he was held for smuggling the narcotic, which was concealed in a hidden cavity made in his bag. The consignment, which was wrapped in carbon papers, was detected during X-ray examination of the luggage.

Assistant commissioner, customs, P K Tikku, told TOI on Wednesday that during preliminary interrogation of Sarabjit Singh, a resident of Ghuna Chaur village in Nawanshahr district, it was revealed that the Canada-based drug mafia had 'stage-managed the complete smuggling operation for Sarabjit Singh'.

He was told that someone in a car would meet him at Banga and he was to board the car. On way to Amritsar he was delivered a bag containing narcotics in which he had to put his belongings and board the plane. Sources revealed that given the large quantity of heroin produced in Afghanistan being smuggled into India via the Punjab border and large number of overambitious Punjabi youths, especially those who have obtained Canadian nationality, it may be presumed that the drug cartel has already established a new smuggling route.

"Sarabjit Singh is not innocent. He knew about the consignment and told us that he was to get thousands of dollars per kilogram of delivered heroin," said Tikku. Police also arrested Sarabjit's accomplice Binda who had driven him to Amritsar from his village.


NOTE: The Canadian news media is reporting the same!
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