NEW DELHI: In a joint operation with the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), the Indian Coast Guard on Monday apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew members on board in the Arabian Sea near the state’s coast and seized heroin worth Rs 280 crore from the vessel.
The operation was done in cooperation with Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Gujarat.
A defence spokesperson said the Indian Coast Guard ships intercepted and apprehended the Pakistani boat ‘Al Haj’ when it ventured into the Indian waters.
In a joint Ops with ATS #Gujarat, @IndiaCoastGuard Ships apprehended Pak Boat Al Haj with 09 crew in Indian side of Arabian sea carrying heroin worth approx 280 cr. Boat being brought to #Jakhau for further investigation. @DefenceMinIndia @MEAIndia @HMOIndia @SpokespersonMoD
— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) April 25, 2022
Officials found heroin worth Rs 280 crore on the boat, the statement said, adding that the boat, as well as its crew members, were brought to Jakhau port in Gujarat’s Kutch district for further investigation.
According to early inputs, the nine are believed to be Pakistani nationals caught in the attempt to smuggle 55 kg of heroin by a boat near Jakhao fishing harbour off the Gujarat coast.
ATS reportedly got information about the drugs being brought from Pakistan and with the help of the Indian Coast Guard, the boat coming from across the border was spotted and necessary action was taken.