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3500 kg drugs seized in Indian waters off Gujarat coast

Feb 28, 2024 11:03 AM IST

Gyaneshwar Singh, NCB’s deputy director general (operations), said this is the highest ever seizure of drugs offshore in terms of quantity

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the Indian Navy have seized the highest quantity of drugs—3132 kg —offshore to date worth over 1000 crore and arrested five men suspected to be from Pakistan or Iran from a ship in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast, officials said on Wednesday.

The NCB has conducted three major operations in the Indian ocean with the Indian Navy over the last two years. (X)
The NCB has conducted three major operations in the Indian ocean with the Indian Navy over the last two years. (X)

Gyaneshwar Singh, NCB’s deputy director general (operations), said the agency will share more details about the seizure later on Wednesday. “The five arrested men do not have identity papers. They are either from Iran or Pakistan. This is the highest ever seizure offshore [in terms of quantity] in the country,” Singh said.

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In a post on X, Union home minister Amit Shah congratulated the NCB, the Navy, and the Gujarat Police for the success. “Pursuing PM @narendramodi Ji’s vision of a drug-free Bharat our agencies today achieved the grand success of making the biggest offshore seizure of drugs in the nation. In a joint operation carried out by the NCB, the Navy, and the Gujarat Police, a gigantic consignment of 3132 kg of drugs was seized. The historic success is a testament to our govt’s unwavering commitment to making our nation drug-free.”

The NCB has conducted three major operations in the Indian ocean with the Indian Navy over the last two years. In February 2022, they recovered 221 kg methamphetamine from a ship off Gujarat coast. Another 200 kg high grade heroin was seized from a ship near the Kerala coast in October 2022.

In May last year, the NCB seized at least 2500 kg methamphetamine worth 12000 crore from a ship from Pakistan. The ship was intercepted in the Indian Ocean before it the drugs from it could be handed over to cartels in India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

NCB’s probe in earlier cases suggested that Pakistan-based Haji Salim was using the marine channel to smuggle drugs into India.

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