Operation Samudragupta: In a joint operation by the Indian Navy and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), about 2,500 kg of methamphetamine drugs worth about Rs 12,000 crore have been seized from a ship off the Kerala coast. The Anti-Drug Agency said on Saturday 13 May that this is the biggest seizure of methamphetamine in the country. Along with this, he told that a Pakistani citizen has been detained in connection with drugs.
Giving details of the seizure, NCB Deputy Director General (Operations) Sanjay Kumar Singh said that it was done as part of ‘Operation Samudragupt’. Along with this, sea smuggling of medicines and drugs coming from Afghanistan was targeted. The anti-drug agency said that this is the third major seizure of drug trafficking through the southern route in the last one and a half years from the NCB. About 3,200 kg of methamphetamine, 500 kg of heroin and 529 kg of hashish have been seized so far under the operation.
#WATCH , Kochi, Kerala: NCB & Indian Navy seize approx 2500 kg high purity methamphetamine in the Indian waters that value around Rs 12,000 crores. Police detain one suspect: NCB pic.twitter.com/gxDkZVxhlY
— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2023
Six Iranian drug smugglers were arrested
The anti-drug agency reported that the first seizure in the operation was made in February 2022 when a joint team of NCB and Indian Navy seized 529 kg of hashish, 221 kg of methamphetamine and 13 kg of heroin from the sea off Gujarat. He told that all this was imported from Afghanistan, Balochistan and Pakistan.
Subsequently, in October 2022, a joint operation was conducted by the NCB and the Indian Navy, in which the Iranian boat was intercepted and a total of 200 kg of high-grade heroin was seized during the investigation. According to the information, it was brought from Afghanistan and six Iranian drug smugglers were arrested. After this, 19 drug smugglers were arrested in two operations conducted by the Sri Lankan Navy in December 2022 and April 2023. Also, hundreds of kilograms of heroin and methamphetamine were seized.
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