Ludhiana: Punjab police arrested a US citizen with 2kg heroin at a naka at Malak Chowk, Jagraon, on Saturday night.
2-kg heroin was recovered under the seat of his car, a Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Ludhiana, rural, SSP Surjit Singh said, “Amarjit is an NRI settled in New Jersey, US, with family. He migrated to the US in 1988, returned 18 months ago, and took to drug peddling.”
Amarjit was arrested after high drama as the car did not stop at the naka. The police gave chase, arrested the accused and recovered the heroin.
He added, “The accused went to J&K to smuggle heroin in 2016, where he was arrested by Gangiyal police along with his accomplices. Then, the police had recovered ₹8 lakh and heroin from them. He got bail and started peddling again. He told us that he had bought the 2-kg heroin from Jammu and was on the way to sell it to addicts.”
Three accomplices of the accused — Amarjit Singh, a native of Mukandpur village in Dehlon tehsil in the district — escaped. Police claim the accused had smuggled the contraband from Jammu and Kashmir.
A case has been registered under sections 21/61/85 of the NDPS Act at the Sudhar police station against Amarjit and three unidentified accomplices.