Largest drug haul ever: 1,500 kg heroin worth Rs 3,500 crore seized off Gujarat coast

 When the crew members were quizzed, the ship master claimed that he had no necessary document as the vessel was being taken to Alang to be broken down.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: July 31, 2017 7:50 am
The seized haul of heroin. Express

In the largest single haul of narcotics, the Indian Coast Guard seized 1,500 kg heroin, valued around Rs 3,500 crore, from a Panama-registered vessel, officials said Sunday. According to the officials, the vessel, Henry, with eight crew members, was intercepted in the mid-sea in the early hours of Saturday by Coast Guard’s ship Samudra Pavak. When the crew members were quizzed, the ship master claimed that he had no necessary document as the vessel was being taken to Alang to be broken down.

The vessel was subsequently detained and tugged to Porbandar port on Sunday where authorities during its inspection found the narcotics. The officials said Intelligence inputs were received on July 17 for another ship, which was around 338 km west of Porbandar, but not inside the Indian waters.

The vessel was subsequently detained and tugged to Porbandar port on Sunday where authorities during its inspection found the narcotics.

This vessel was expected to dock somewhere between Jamnagar and Bhavnagar on Saurashtra coast. To track this ship, the Coast Guard Centres at Mumbai, Gandhinagar and Porbandar alerted and also Dornier aircraft made sorties. During this operation, a Dornier aircraft sanitising the area near Gulf of Khambhat picked up Henry, which was not recognised on the automatic identification system and marked suspicious.

Heroin, gujarat Heroin, gujarat Heroin seize, gujarat narcotics, Indian Coast Guard, Coast Guard, Merchant ship, Merchant navy, Gujarat coast, India news, gujarat news The vessel was expected to make a landing between Jamnagar and Bhavnagar on the Saurashtra coast.

Soon, Samudra Pavak was diverted to intercept the vessel. The Coast Guard, Intelligence Bureau, police, customs, Navy and other agencies are further probing into the seizure.

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    Dipakkumar
    Jul 31, 2017 at 5:58 am
    This means there may be much more workings behind curtain ? Who are the culpprits ?
    Reply