Millennium Post (Kolkata)

8 Pak nationals held with heroin worth `150 cr off Guj coast

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AHMEDABAD: Eight Pakistani nationals on board a boat were apprehende­d with heroin worth around Rs 150 crore off the Gujarat coast in the Arabian Sea early Thursday morning, the state ATS said.

Investigat­ion revealed that the contraband, weighing 30 kg, was meant to be transporte­d to Punjab by road after landing on the Gujarat coast via the sea route, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) said in a release.

Deputy Superinten­dent of Police, ATS, Bhavesh Rozia had learnt from his sources that a Pakistan-registered boat 'Nooh, carrying heroin, would arrive at the Gujarat coast near Jakhau port of Kutch district during early hours of Thursday, it said.

Based on the tip-off, officials of the Gujarat ATS reached Jakhau and formed a joint team with the Indian Coast Guard.

The team members boarded the Coast Guard's intercepto­r boat and started patrolling the sea near the Internatio­nal Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), close to the Jakhau coast late Wednesday night, the ATS said.

As per the tip-off, the patrolling team spotted the

Dy SP, ATS, Rozia had learnt from his sources that a Pak-registered boat 'Nooh, carrying heroin, would arrive at the Gujarat coast near Jakhau port of Kutch district during early hours of Thursday

boat 'Nooh' in the Indian waters, around 40 nautical miles from the Jakhau coast, during early hours of Thursday, it said.

The joint team apprehende­d eight Pakistani men on board the boat and seized 30 kg of heroin, a psychotrop­ic drug, from their possession, the ATS said.

The value of the seized drug is around Rs 150 crore in the internatio­nal market, the release said. The boat carrying the eight Pakistani men was later towed to the Coast Guard station in Jakhau for further investigat­ion into the matter, the ATS said.

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