Huge consignment of codeine phosphate recovered; 3 drug peddlers arrested

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SRINAGAR: Continuing its efforts to eradicate menace of drugs from society, Police has arrested three drug peddlers from Anantnag and Bandipora. Huge consignment of contraband substance has also been recovered.
A police party from Police Station Bijbehara at a checkpoint established at Tulkhan crossing intercepted two persons identified as Lateef Ahmad Shah, son of Mohd Qasim Shah and Azad Ahmad Shah, son of Mohd Shaban Shah, both residents of Nambal Mattan. On checking, police party recovered 15 bottles of codeine phosphate from their possession. They were arrested on the spot and a case vide FIR number 64/2021 under relevant sections of law was registered in Police Station Bijbehara and investigation was initiated.
During the course of investigation, the arrested duo revealed that they have bought codeine phosphate from Gh Hassan Dar, resident of Tulkhan Bijbehara. On this information, a team headed by SDPO Bijbehara under the close supervision of SSP Anantnag Imtiyaz Hussain raided the house of accused. During search, 1,715 bottles of codeine phosphate were recovered from a 7-feet deep pit near kitchen garden. Investigation into the matter is going on and more arrests are expected.
SSP Anantnag Imtiyaz Hussain has expressed gratitude towards people of Anantnag for their support in the endeavour of police to eradicate the menace of drugs. He reiterated the firm resolve of Anantnag police to go to the last criminal to ensure that everyone involved in illicit trade is booked under law.
Similarly in Bandipora, Officers at a checkpoint established at Pethkote Bandipora intercepted a person identified as Abdul Rashid Gojer son of Abdul Rehman Gojer resident of Yali Pethkote. During checking, officers were able to recover huge quantity of Charas from his possession. He was arrested and a case FIR vide number 11/2021 under relevant sections of law was registered at Police Station Pethkote and further investigation has been initiated.
Preliminary enquiry revealed that accused drug peddler was selling the drugs to youth of area, especially in and around Mantrigan & Pethkote areas of Bandipora.