In a major haul, Kutch police in Gujarat seized 80 kg of cocaine, worth Rs 800 crore in the market, which was abandoned near the Gandhidham coast.
The Kutch (east) police were patrolling the coast in Mithi Rohar village, some 30km from the port town Gandhidham, when they noticed several suspicious-looking packets on the shore and some floating in the water. There were 80 packets of 1kg each. Forensic experts confirmed that they contained cocaine.
Sagar Bagmar, superintendent of police, Kutch (east), said this latest recovery confirmed the new method of international drug mafias where they don’t directly hand over the consignment to local receivers, but abandon the stock at isolated places. The receiver’s men pick them up.
“We have intensified patrolling along the coast and villages, as part of our campaign against drugs,” Bagmar said. Police are trying to identify the receiver.
In the last 2 years, various agencies including the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), the Border Security Force (BSF), the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), and local police, have seized several such consignments in the district that is close to Pakistan.
Recently, packets of heroin were also seized from the coast of Valsad district in south Gujarat. In June, the BSF in a joint operation with the Jakhau Marine police seized around 50 packets of heroin worth Rs 250 crore from Sayali Creek.