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Gujarat’s ATS and ICG confiscate drugs worth Rs 350 crore from Pakistani boat off Gujarat coast

Gujarat's ATS and the ICG intercepted a Pakistani boat in a combined operation, recovering 50 kg of heroin with an estimated international market value of Rs 350 crore.

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) intercepted a Pakistani boat in a combined operation, recovering 50 kg of heroin with an estimated international market value of Rs 350 crore. Six crew members were taken into custody.

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In response to specific information input between Friday and Saturday, ICG strategically deployed two fast interceptor class ships, C-429 and C-454, for patrolling in areas close to the international maritime border line on the night  

A Pakistani boat was seen sailing suspiciously in Indian waters at midnight, and when it was questioned, it began evasive manoeuvring. The Pakistani boat was nevertheless stopped and forced to turn around by both ships.

The boat is being brought to Kutch’s Jakhao port for further investigation.

A total of 50 kg of drugs, thought to be heroin, were discovered hidden in five gunny bags after comprehensive searching was done aboard the boat. The seized drugs are believed to have a market value of Rs. 350 crore.

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This is the second such operation in less than a month after 40 kg of drugs were confiscated from a Pakistani boat on September 14th this year. This is the sixth such joint operation by the ICG and ATS, Gujarat in the last one year.

 

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