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drug bust: Indian agencies seize record 3,300 kg of narcotics off Gujarat coast; 5 foreigners held

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Indian agencies have made a historic offshore seizure of 3,300 kg of narcotics, marking the largest-ever capture of its kind. The operation, conducted jointly by the Navy, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad, and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), took place in the Arabian Sea along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

The contraband, suspected to contain charas, methamphetamine, and morphine, was seized from an Iranian boat off the Gujarat coast. This significant bust is the result of a coordinated effort by multiple agencies to combat drug trafficking in the region.

“Pursuing PM Modi 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. On this occasion, I congratulate the NCB, the Navy, and the Gujarat Police”, said Home Minister Amit Shah.

Arrest of Five Foreign Nationals

Five foreigners aboard the boat have been arrested in connection with the seizure. They are believed to be either Iranian or Pakistani nationals, although no official documents confirming their nationality have been found.

The seizure and arrests mark a major success in the fight against international drug trafficking networks. The NCB has hailed this operation as a significant milestone in their efforts to curb the illegal drug trade.Largest Seizure in Indian SubcontinentThis seizure, with an estimated international market value exceeding Rs 2,000 crore, is the largest of its kind in the Indian subcontinent. The cache of narcotics includes 3,089 kg of cannabis, 158 kg of methamphetamine, and 25 kg of morphine.

The drugs were discovered onboard a vessel manned by the five crew members, suspected to be Pakistani nationals. The vessel and narcotics were seized following the arrests, and investigations are ongoing to determine the origin and destination of the seized drugs.

Ongoing Investigation

Authorities launched the operation based on intelligence gathered from a surveillance aircraft. An Indian Navy ship, deployed at sea for two days, intercepted the suspicious boat upon its entry into Indian territorial waters.

The investigation aims to gather more information about the arrested crew members and unravel the network behind the smuggling operation. Authorities are determined to root out drug trafficking activities in the region and prevent the flow of narcotics into the country.

The successful operation underscores the commitment of Indian agencies to combat drug trafficking and highlights the importance of international cooperation in addressing this global challenge.

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