152 arrested in anti-narcotics drive

By Our Correspondent
June 17, 2024
The picture shows a person handcuffed and standing behind bars. — AFP/File

LAHORE: Under the supervision of IG Punjab Dr Usman Anwar, anti-narcotics operations have been accelerated across the province. IG Punjab said that in a single day, 289 raids were conducted on drug dealers' hideouts in Lahore and throughout the province. As a result, 149 cases were registered and 152 accused arrested. Drugs seized from the accused contains 74kg charas, 6kg heroin, 2kg Ice, and 3,217 litre alcohol.

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Spokesman for Punjab Police said that since February 26, during the ongoing anti-narcotics operations, police teams have conducted 31,322 raids across the province. A total of 14,673 cases have been registered against those involved in drug trafficking, resulting in 15,309 arrests. From the suspects, over 8,853 kg charas, more than 44kg ice, 155kg heroin, 267kg opium, and 1,665,150 litre alcohol have been seized.

IG Punjab Dr. Usman Anwar has directed to increase intelligence-based operations to eradicate drugs throughout the province. He emphasised that smugglers, dealers, and suppliers involved in the supply chain should be brought to justice and given strict punishments. Dr Usman Anwar also called for joint operations with the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and other departments.

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