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Three drug-peddlers held

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Jammu, Oct 20: Three drug-peddlers were arrested in separate operations in Samba and Kathua districts Saturday, police said.

Jagseer Singh, a resident of Barnal village in Punjab, was arrested with one kilogram of poppy straw from Teli Basti area of Bari Brahmana in Samba district, a police spokesman said. He said a case under NDPS Act was registered against Singh.

Two inter-state narcotics smugglers were arrested and 3,700 bottles of codeine phosphate were seized from their possession in Kathua district, the spokesman said.

Acting on specific information, the police set up a checkpoint near Londi Morh Hiranagar on Jammu-Pathankot Highway and apprehended the accused with the banned substance.

Both narcotics smugglers, who were transporting these bottles from Delhi to Kashmir, were arrested and booked under NDPS Act, he said.

In another incident, the official said police arrested a bootlegger and recovered 182 bottles and 144 nips of illicit liquor from in Vijaypur area of Samba district.

The accused was identified as Robin Singh Slathia of Gurha Morh, he said, adding that a case under relevant sections was registered.

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