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Cop among 4 held for drug peddling

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Jammu, Feb 20: Four alleged drug peddlers, including a police constable, were arrested in separate operations along with heroin and other contraband here, a senior police officer said today.

Head Constable Fida Hussain, a resident of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, was arrested during vehicle checking at Gandhi Nagar after 600 grams of heroin, worth lakhs of rupees in international market, was seized from his possession, Superintendent of Police (SP), Jammu South, Sandeep Chaudhary said.

Sources said that the cop is presently posted with IG Traffic Jammu, Basant Rath.

He said the arrested policeman used to peddle drugs from Kashmir to Jammu.  The vehicle he was travelling in was also seized.

In a separate operation, Narender Kumar alias Tanchi, a resident of R S Pura, was also arrested from Gandhi Nagar area and 60 grams of heroin was recovered from him, the officer said.

He said Kumar, who allegedly used to procure drugs from Punjab, was travelling in a car when he was intercepted by police. The vehicle was also seized.

“Kumar is a notorious criminal wanted in various heinous crimes in Jammu district. He peddled drugs to meet his needs. He had been involved in drug dealing for quite some time,” the officer said.

In another operation, two residents of Uttar Pradesh – Dinesh Kumar and Sham Ji Mali – were arrested after 3.5 kg of cannabis was recovered from their possession here, Chaudhary said.

The SP said the arrested persons were booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

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