The Indian Coast Guard on Tuesday, in a statement, said that heroin worth Rs. 600 crore was seized from a Pakistani fishing vessel off the coast of Gujarat. The Coast Guard stopped the Pakistani fishing boat after a chase and discovered 200 kg of heroin on board.
It was said in a statement, the Coast Guard had received intelligence about a suspicious vessel “likely to be engaged in drug trafficking”, it said in a statement. A Coast Guard ship was warned about the suspected vessel. Two interceptor boats were asked to search and catch the boat. Depending on the intelligence received by the Coast Guard, a Dornier was also deployed in the case.
On Tuesday, when the search was going on, the Coast Guard found one ship to be suspicious and started to follow it. The vessel, named Al Madina, was intercepted around 9.15 am.
In the ship, there were six crew members and all of them belonged to Pakistan. The Coast Guard said the captured vessel has been sent to Jakhau harbor for further detailed investigation. The same kind of operation was carried out previously in March where 100 kg of heroin was recovered, he added.
Indian Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh said that the Coast Guard has been at the forefront in anti-narcotics and anti-smuggling operations and since inception has seized contraband worth of more than Rs.5000 crores.