India's biggest drug bust: Navy captured all drugs from sunken ship, says NCB

Rajesh George

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Kochi: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) confirmed that the Indian Navy had salvaged all drugs from a sunken vessel in the Indian Ocean following a joint operation that resulted in the seizure of 2,500 kilograms of methamphetamine.

The drug peddlers sank the vessel and escaped after the Navy intercepted them and seized contraband valued at around Rs 25,000 crore. NCB claims that the Navy had seized 134 bags containing 2,500 kilograms of methamphetamine before the vessel sank.

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Meanwhile, the officials revealed that drugs came from Pakistan's Balochistan. The drug cache had started on a "mother ship" – a large vessel that distributes narcotics to various boats during its journey – from the Makran coast around Pakistan and Iran, it said.

This is the third major seizure by NCB of maritime trafficking of drugs through the southern route in the last one and a half years, the agency had said, adding that as part of the operation, so far around 3,200 kg of methamphetamine, 500 kg of heroin and 529 kg of hashish have been seized.

The agency claimed that the latest consignment of over 2,500 kg of methamphetamine was meant for India, Sri Lanka and Maldives from Afghanistan.

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