According to the agency, they launched an operation after gathering information for several months that two Indian boats would sail from the coast of Tamil Nadu and receive large quantities of drug in the Arabian Sea.
Authorities intercepted a big 218-kg heroin haul off the coast of Lakshadweep, estimated to be worth roughly Rs 1,526 crore on the international market, according to a statement issued on Friday.
According to a statement made Friday by the Defence Ministry, officials from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Indian Coast Guard stopped two boats named “Prince” and “Little Jesus” on May 18 and recovered 218 packages of high-grade heroin weighing a kilo apiece.
The combined operation was begun after data obtained over several months suggested that two Indian boats would sail from the coast of Tamil Nadu and receive huge quantities of narcotics somewhere in the Arabian Sea during the second or third week of May.
From May 7, DRI and Coast Guard authorities will keep a careful eye on the Exclusive Economic Zone.
“Following several days of intense search and monitoring in extremely severe seas, two suspected boats were spotted going towards India. On the 18th of May, both Indian vessels were intercepted by DRI and ICG personnel off the coast of the Lakshadweep Islands. When questioned, some of the crew members on the said boats admitted to receiving large amounts of heroin on the high seas and concealing it in both vessels. As a result, both vessels were transported to Kochi for further proceedings,” according to the statement.
Follow-up searches are being conducted in numerous areas, and the investigation is ongoing.
This is DRI’s fourth major drug bust in the last month. On April 20, it recovered 205.6 kg of heroin from an import cargo of gypsum powder at the Kandla port, 396 kg of heroin-laced yarn at the Pipavav port on April 29, and 62 kg of heroin at the Air Cargo Complex at the Delhi airport on May 5. In the foreign market, these three hauls are worth roughly Rs 2,500 crores.