Indian Coast Guard has apprehended a Pakistani fishing boat with contraband of 100 kg heroin near the Gujarat coast.
The Coast Guard had received an intelligence of a vessel engaged in drug trafficking off Indo-Pak International Maritime Border Line (IMBL) near Gujarat Coast.
An extensive search in the area was conducted for intercepting the suspect vessel Al Madina, which was kept under surveillance and subsequently intercepted this morning about 8 nautical miles (NM) inside Indian waters off IMBL.
The boat, with 6 Pakistani crews on board, was registered at Karachi. Initial search recovered 194 packets of suspected narcotic substance. The vessel was then escorted to Jakhau harbour for investigation and rummaging.
During a recent similar operation on March 24, the Coast Guard in joint operation with ATS Gujarat had seized 100 kg heroin from a suspected Pakistani Dhow off the coast of Gujarat apprehending 9 Iranian crew of the vessel.
Meanwhile, Indian Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh said the Coast Guard had been at the forefront in anti-narcotics and anti-smuggling operations and since inception seized contraband worth more than Rs 5,000 crore.