In another major drug bust, a Pakistani fishing boat with six crew and carrying 77kg of heroin worth around ₹400 crore was apprehended off the coast of Gujarat during a joint operation of Indian Coast Guard and Gujarat Counter Terrorism Squad (ATS).
The boat, seized late on December 19, was brought to Jakhau fishing port in Kutch for further investigation.
In a tweet, the Gujarat Defense PRO said the Coast Guard in a joint operation with the state ATS apprehended the Pakistani fishing vessel ‘Al Huseini’ along with six members crew on board in Indian waters.
They seized “77kg of heroin worth around ₹400 crore,” the tweet read.
“The @IndiaCoastGuard in a joint operation with ATS #Gujarat apprehended a Pak ‘Al Huseini’ fishing boat with 06 crew in Indian waters carrying 77kg of heroin worth around 400 crs. Boat brought to Jakhau for further investigation,” the tweet posted by the Defense PRO in Gujarat.
Last month, the ATS seized a shipment of heroin worth around ₹600 crore from a house under construction in Morbi district of Gujarat.
He said the consignment was sent by Pakistani drug traffickers to their Indian counterparts via the Arabian Sea.
In September this year, during the largest heroin smuggling in India, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seized around 3,000 kg of drugs, believed to be from Afghanistan and worth around ₹21,000 crore on the world market, in two containers at the port of Mundra. in Kutch.
The case was then forwarded to the NIA for further investigation during which a dozen people, including some Afghan nationals, were arrested by the federal agency.
Earlier in April this year, the Coastguard and ATS carried out a similar operation and apprehended a boat with eight Pakistani nationals and carrying 30kg of heroin worth around ₹150 crore, coming from Indian waters near the coast of Jakhau.