Biggest Narcotic Bust, 1500 Kg Heroin Seized Off Gujarat Coast

| July 30 , 2017 , 18:12 IST

Making the largest single narcotics bust on Sunday, the Indian Coast Guard off Gujarat intercepted and apprehended a ship carrying over 1,500 kg of heroin, estimated to be valued around Rs 3,500 crore.

An official statement said, "The search operation for the suspect vessel at sea was commenced by the ships and aircraft of the Coast Guard on July 27."

"The movements of all ships in the area including the suspect vessel were minutely observed throughout till its apprehension along with eight crew members by Indian Coast Guard ships on July 29," it said.

It also added that a vast area of the sea was kept under continuous surveillance.

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Based on intelligence inputs, the vessel was intercepted by Indian Coast Guard ships Samudra Pavak and Ankit around noon on Saturday. The ship was brought to Gujarat's Porbandar on Sunday morning for further investigation.

A joint investigation by the Coast Guard, Intelligence Bureau, police, customs, Navy and other agencies is currently underway.