Navy, NCB, Gujarat Police seize record haul of narcotics off Gujarat coast

Five foreigners have been arrested


In a major joint operation, the Navy, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the Gujarat Police apprehended a dhow in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast, and seized a record haul of almost 3,300kg of drugs.

It is believed to be the highest-ever offshore capture till date, and comprises 3,089kg of charas, 158kg of methamphetamine and 25kg of morphine. One kg of charas is priced at Rs 7 crore in international market.

According to Deccan Herald, the consignment was bound for Tamil Nadu.

Five foreigners have been arrested from the dhow. They are suspected to be either Iranian or Pakistani nationals. No documents of nationality have been recovered from them, a senior NCB officer said.

The operation was undertaken based on a specific tip-off, in the Arabian Sea along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), with the Navy saying on X that it deployed its P8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, a warship and helicopters to apprehend the "suspicious dhow”.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah called the joint operation a "historic success" and a testament of the Union government's "unwavering commitment to making our nation drug-free".


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