The Indian Navy has seized narcotic substances weighing over 300 kg from a fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea. The approximate cost of the seized narcotics in the international market is estimated to be around Rs 3,000 crore.
Indian naval ship Suvarna, whilst on surveillance patrol in the Arabian Sea, encountered a fishing vessel with suspicious movements. In a bid to investigate the vessel, the ship’s team conducted a boarding and search operation, which led to the seizure of more than 300 kg of narcotics substances.
The boat with its crew has been escorted to the nearest Indian Port of Kochi, Kerala, for further investigation.
Notably, it is a major seizure not only in terms of the quantity and cost but also from the perspective of disruption of the illegal narcotics smuggling routes, which emanate from the Makran coast and flow towards the Indian, Maldivian and Sri Lankan destinations.
Apart from the human costs from drug addiction, the spoils of narcotics trade feed syndicates involved in terrorism, radicalisation and criminal activities, a statement from the defence ministry said.
Drugs consignment seized off Gujarat coast
Recently, in a joint operation of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), eight Pakistani nationals onboard a boat were nabbed with Rs 150 crore drug consignment on April 15 morning. The ICG revealed that heroin weighing around 30 kg was recovered from the boat apprehended off the Gujarat coast in Indian waters.
The ICG had revealed the development on Twitter. It said, “@IndiaCoastGuard in a joint operation with ATS Gujarat apprehended #Pakistani boat PFB NUH with 08 Pak nationals & 30 Kg of heroin off Jakhau #Guajrat close to IMBL in Indian waters today.”
A joint team of the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad and the Indian Coast Guard captured the boat near the International Maritime Boundary Line in the Arabian Sea, the Gujarat ATS had said in a statement.
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