In a significant operation near the International Border in Punjab’s Gurdaspur sector, security agencies have apprehended two individuals suspected of being involved in drug smuggling. The operation led to the discovery and confiscation of 12 kilograms of narcotics and a substantial amount of currency totaling Rs 19.3 lakh.
According to a Border Security Force (BSF) official, the operation began on the morning of September 24 (Sunday) when the BSF detected the intrusion of a drone near Chaura Kalan village in Gurdaspur district. Following this discovery, a joint search operation was conducted by the BSF and Punjab Police in the surrounding area.
During the operation, security personnel observed suspicious movements involving two individuals on a motorcycle. Upon realizing they were being pursued, the suspects attempted to flee but were successfully apprehended.
Based on the information provided by the arrested individuals, law enforcement recovered 12 packets of narcotics, weighing approximately 12 kilograms, and Rs 19.30 lakh in cash. It is believed that these items were dropped by the drone and were found near Chaura Kalan village.
In a separate incident, the BSF thwarted another attempt at smuggling narcotics via a drone near Mahawa village in the Amritsar sector. On the evening of September 23, the BSF detected the movement of a drone and intercepted it by shooting it down.
Following the interception, a joint search operation involving the BSF, counter-intelligence teams, and the Punjab Police was launched in the surrounding area. The downed drone was subsequently discovered in the paddy fields on the outskirts of the village.
Officials have identified the recovered drone as a China-made Quadcopter DJI Mavic-3 Classic series.