Heroin worth Rs 3500 cr seized off Gujarat coast

Heroin worth Rs 3500 cr seized off Gujarat coast

The vessel was carrying 3,300 pounds (1,500 kg) of the white powder worth nearly $550 million (470 million euros) when it was seized and taken to the port of Porbandar, officials announced Sunday.

Indian law mandates that anyone caught smuggling or possessing narcotics is taken into custody and refused bail.

The Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Pavak intercepted the Vessel carrying heroine worth of Rs 3500 crore at 12.00 hrs on 29 July 2017. "This is the largest single haul of narcotics seized till date", a defence spokesperson was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.

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Accordingly, a fishing trawler MV Henry was kept under surveillance and was raided on Sunday off the Gujarat coast, the sources have said. "The information about the carriage of contraband by the suspect ship was shared by NTRO and other Intelligence agencies with the Coast Guard based on which the operation was planned and executed", the statement said.

As per a CNN-News18 report, a Coast Guard official has informed that the ship was coming from Iran and was bound for Alang in Gujarat.

The vessel was later brought to Porbandar coast, where the 8 crew members arrested from the boat are being interrogated by the Gujarat Police, Navy and the Indian Coast guard.

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