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Gujarat ATS arrests 3 with heroin worth nearly Rs 600 crore

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  • Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia said that 120 kg of heroin was recovered from an under-construction house in Zinzuda village of Morbi

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) nabbed three persons with 120 kg heroin, approximately worth Rs 600 crore in the international market.

The trio was arrested from Zinzuda village near Navlakhi port in Gulf of Kutch.

The operation was carried out by the ATS along with the local police.

In a tweet, Gujarat Home minister Harsh Sanghavi wrote, “Another achievement of Gujarat Police. Gujarat Police is leading from the front to eliminate the drugs. Gujarat ATS has nabbed around 120 kg of drugs.”

At a press conference on Monday morning, Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia said the ATS had received an intelligence input on  Sunday, based on which they raided an under-construction house in Zinzuda village in Morbi and recovered 120 kg of heroin worth Rs 600 crore in the international market.

The consigment had been sent by Pakistan resident Zahid Bashir Baloch who is wanted by the DRI in a 2019 heroin seizure case, Bhatia said.

It had been hidden in the coastal area near Salaya in Devbhumi Dwarka and was moved to Zinzuda. The contraband was delivered to Mukhtar Hussein and Shamsuddin Saiyyed in the last week of October.

Bhatia added that the consignment was intended to be transported to an African country. However, the accused, now arrested, decided to sell it in India, he said.

He explained that the Indian route is preferred by smugglers because it is cheap, short and allows for hiding their illegal activities as there are around 25,000 fishing boats plying in the area.

A few months ago, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had seized 3,000 kg of heroin worth approximately Rs 21,000 crore from Mundra port.

 

 

 

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