India's biggest drug haul: NIA initiates probe, search ongoing to find vessel crew

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Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has initiated a probe into the seizure of over 2500 kilograms of methamphetamine worth Rs 15,000 crore from a vessel in Indian waters on Sunday.

On Monday, NIA officials interrogated a person of Pakistani nationality who was apprehended by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) during a joint operation with the Navy on an Indian vessel. The suspect was produced before a magistrate court in Kochi on Monday night and subsequently remanded for 14 days. The probing agencies have initiated measures to take him into custody for further questioning. However, the arrested man contradicts the NCB's assertion that he is a Pakistani citizen. Instead, he claims to be an Iranian native.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Terrorism squad have also sought information from NCB.

During questioning, it was also revealed that the accused had dumped packages of drugs into the sea before the officials seized control of the vessel and recovered around 2500 kg of methamphetamine. NCB had initiated measures to recover these drugs with the help of the Indian Navy.

Meanwhile, authorities are engaged in a search operation to locate six individuals of Pakistani nationality who managed to escape from the ship using a speed boat.

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