Officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) have intercepted 218 kgs of heroin price Rs 1,526 crore in a mid-sea drug bust off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands, the finance ministry mentioned on Friday. In a joint operation codenamed Operation Khojbeen, launched on May 7, two suspected boats have been intercepted by officers of ICG and DRI on May 18 off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands.
On questioning, a number of the crew members confessed that they’d acquired heroin in big amount on excessive sea and that they’d hid it in each the boats. Both the boats have been escorted to Kochi for additional proceedings. “Thorough search of both the boats was carried out at the Coast Guard District Headquarters at Kochi, which resulted in heroin recovery of 218 packets of 1 kg each…. Seized drug appears to be of high-grade heroin and its value in the international illicit market is estimated to be around Rs 1,526 crore,” a ministry assertion mentioned.
This is the fourth main drug bust by DRI up to now month. Earlier, DRI recovered 205.6 kg heroin from a industrial import consignment of gypsum powder on the Kandla port on April 20; 396 kg of yarn (laced with heroin) at Pipavav port on April 29; and 62 kg heroin at Air Cargo Complex, IGI New Delhi on May 10, collectively valued at roughly Rs 2,500 crore within the worldwide illicit market.
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