In­dian coast guard makes record 1.5 tonne heroin bust

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Ahmed­abad, In­dia - In­dia’s coast guard an­nounced on Sun­day it had seized 1.5 tonnes of heroin worth al­most US$550mn from a merchant ship in what mar­itime au­thor­i­ties are call­ing their largest-ever drug bust.

The ship was in­ter­cepted on Satur­day off the west­ern state of Gu­jarat, the coast guard said in a state­ment.

‘This is the largest sin­gle haul of nar­cotics seized till date’, the coast guard said, adding the drugs were worth an es­ti­mated US$545mn.

An undis­closed num­ber of sus­pects were de­tained for ques­tion­ing by coast guard of­fi­cials, po­lice and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

Any­one caught smug­gling or pos­sess­ing nar­cotics is re­manded in cus­tody with­out bail un­der In­dian law.

Last year po­lice in the west­ern state of Ma­ha­rash­tra seized 18.5 tonnes of ephedrine, a pre­cur­sor used in the man­u­fac­ture of metham­phetamine, worth US$311mn.

In 2013 po­lice in the hol­i­day re­sort state of Goa ar­rested a 45 year old Bri­ton in pos­ses­sion of more than four kilo­grams of am­phet­a­mines worth US$330,000.

Heroin seizures in In­dia have in­creased in re­cent years, fig­ures from the Nar­cotics Con­trol Bu­reau show.

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