Rawalpindi: ASF, Punjab Police personnel among 3 arrested at airport
RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), in a major breakthrough, in the wee hours of Saturday, arrested two uniformed personnel — an Airport Security Force (ASF) official and a Punjab police cop — and a passenger involved in drug trafficking and recovered huge quantity of heroin from their custody, the ANF sources said. A lady constable of ASF was among the alleged drug pushers, the sources said adding the ANF has arrested the suspects and lodged a case against them. The ANF said that the authorities got information from secret sources that heavy consignment of drugs were being transported abroad through uniformed personnel of ASF and police, adding that the authorities secretly ordered search operation of Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) and constituted teams to conduct snap search of the airport employees including PIA, ASF, Customs and immigration staff and general checking of passengers. During the search operation of ASF staff, the ANF team recovered 6 kilogram of heroin powder from an ASF personnel, concealed in a bag, the ANF said adding that the consignment was being shifted to a flight ready to proceed abroad.
Soon after the arrest of the ASF personnel, identified as Amar Yaqoob, the ANF team apprehended a Punjab Police cop, Urooj Yaqoob, the real brother of the prime suspect and he provided the bag of heroin to his brother, Amar Yaqoob, the ANF said adding that Punjab Police cop was also on duty and deployed at Gomal Gate of BBIA. The ANF officially said that on July 28, at 0300 hrs, ANF arrested two brothers ASF personnel, Amir Yaqoob, performing duty near an aero plane at Apron BBI Airport) and Punjab Police cop, Urooj Yaqoob who delivered 6 kg heroin to his brother, Amir from Gamol Gate of the airport) and a passenger Shah Khalid (PP# JU-4103142) r/o Abu Bakar Colony, Nowshera Road, Charsadda, who was proceeding to Dubai by Ek 615 at 0330 hrs.
The suspects were arrested by the ANF and shifted to investigation centre of ANF, the ANF said adding that during the preliminary questioning, the suspects, hailing from Mandi Bahauddin, disclosed about their links with international drug mafia based in Pakistan. They revealed that the drug traffickers provide heroin to them, just to hand over the drug to their man, travelling abroad against handsome reward. The people engaged in the investigation of the case believed that the suspects were involved in the drug business since long time and they have direct links with the international drug mafia, active abroad.
They said that both the brothers managed their duties at BBIA at the same time when they were to take the drugs into the passenger’s lounge. They said that the gang of uniformed personnel could be larger than the expectations, adding that the suspects have given information about the other members of the drug mafia involved in the business. They said that teams have been sent to different places to hunt the big-fish involved in the drug trafficking.