GURUGRAM: Police have recovered 2,233kg of marijuana worth Rs 11 crore from a truck loaded with animal fodder in Pachgaon near Manesar in Haryana and arrested two people. The consignment was on its way from Odisha to Hisar, from where it was supposed to be supplied in Haryana and Delhi-NCR, according to the police.
The quantity of marijuana seized on Sunday was almost double of what had been recovered in the past two years – 678kg in 2020 and nearly 338kg the year before that.
Sub-inspector Dalpat Singh of Sector 10 crime unit said he had got a tip-off on the transportation of huge quantities of marijuana in a truck through Pachgaon. TA truck carrying animal fodder was intercepted near KMP Expressway and a huge quantity of marijuana was found.
Drug haul: Driver, helper arrested
The truck driver, Bhupender Singh (34), and his helper Omji Singh (34) — both from Kannauj district of UP — were arrested.
“Marijuana was filled in 70 plastic bags and kept in the middle of around 380 bags of animal fodder in the truck. It wouldn’t have been detected in a normal check. We managed to find it because our team had specific information,” said ACP (crime) Preet Pal Sangwan. During interrogation, the accused revealed that they had loaded marijuana in the truck four days ago in Odisha and were supposed to transport it to Uklana Mandi in Hisar. For this, they were paid Rs 4 lakh.
“They were just transporters. We are trying to find out the supplier and who was supposed to receive it and supply it further in the state and adjoining areas,” the ACP said, adding that the accused were produced before a local court on Monday and sent to three-day police remand. Most of the marijuana smuggled into Haryana comes from Odisha.
A truck loaded with marijuana was seized in Nuh on July 6 last year. A total of 822kg of marijuana filled in 90 gunny bags was recovered from the truck, which was coming from Rajasthan, and a man identified as Sahil was arrested. In April, Gurugram police recovered about 107kg of marijuana from a shop in Udyog Vihar and arrested three people, including a Bangladeshi national. The banned substance was smuggled from Odisha before the lockdown and was supposed to be supplied in Delhi-NCR.