Indian Navy seizes narcotics worth Rs 3000 cr from fishing vessel in Arabian Sea

This is a major catch not only in terms of the quantity and cost but also from the perspective of disruption of the illegal narcotics smuggling routes, which emanate from the Makran coast and flow towards the Indian, Maldivian and Sri Lankan destinations.

New Delhi: The Indian Navy claims to have seized narcotics worth Rs 3000 crore. The Indian Naval Ship Suvarna, while on surveillance patrol in the Arabian Sea, encountered a fishing vessel with suspicious movements.

To investigate the vessel, the ship’s team conducted boarding and search operation, which led to the seizure of more than 300 Kgs of narcotics substances.

The boat with its crew have been escorted to the nearest Indian Port of Kochi, Kerala for further investigation.  The approximate cost the catch in the international market is estimated to be Rs. 3000 crore.

This is a major catch not only in terms of the quantity and cost but also from the perspective of disruption of the illegal narcotics smuggling routes, which emanate from the Makran coast and flow towards the Indian, Maldivian and Sri Lankan destinations.

Apart from the human costs from drug addiction, the spoils of narcotics trade feed syndicates involved in terrorism, radicalisation and criminal activities.

 

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