Rawalpindi: ANF arrests five smugglers in 15 days
RAWALPINDI: The Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Rawalpindi Region, has arrested five drug traffickers, including a woman and recovered over three kilogrammes of fine quality heroin and 18 kilogrammes of hashish in the last 15 days, said ANF Regional Director Brig Muhammad Asif Alvi while addressing a press conference on Tuesday.
He said the ANF had also seized a vehicle.
Alvi said the ANF had received information that drug traffickers will attempt to smuggle narcotics from NWFP to the Punjab province.
He said Javid Iqbal, who had swallowed 91 heroin-filled capsules containing 0.710 kg heroin for smuggling the drug to Bangkok and Beijing, was arrested from the Islamabad Airport when he was about to board a China bound flight. He said the ANF recovered heroin filled capsules from his stomach. He said the ANF arrested Saqib Fareed, who was about to board a flight from Islamabad Airport bound for Doha to Rome and recovered three kilogrammes of heroin from his possession.
Alvi said at a check post near Attock Bridge on Indus River, the ANF team signalled to stop an alto car bearing registration number LXC-1066 coming from Peshawar, but the driver speeded the vehicle towards Rawalpindi. He said the team chased the vehicle and forced the driver to stop the car. On search of the vehicle, the ANF recovered 14.4 kgs of hashish and arrested Awal Khan, driver, and a woman Gul Naziran.
He said the ANF in another operation on Chooi Road, Attock City, arrested Ghulam Abbas and recovered four kgs of hashish from his possession. On his information, the team raid his house and seized 0.4 kg of hashish.
Alvi appealed to the international community for assistance to curb the drug smuggling from Pakistan to other countries. He said Pakistan was a transit country for the drug smugglers from Afghanistan.
He said the ANF would launch a campaign in Islamabad within next 15 days to arrest drug pushers and abusers. He said the ANF had received an intelligence report that some white-collar men were arranging drug abuse parties in different restaurants of the metropolis.
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