High-quality methamphetamine weighing around 5511 lbs seized in massive raid in Indian waters
Location Kochi. Date: 2023-05-13
PiIn a massive raid, around 2500 kgs (5511.55 lbs) high-quality methamphetamine was seized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Indian Navy in a joint operation, from Indian waters.
This incident happened on May 14.
Visuals showed the seized drugs, in sacks being carried into a room and stacked upon each other. According to a report, the seized drugs were from ‘Death Crescent’, comprising India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Also, this was the first time that a ‘mother ship’ carrying drugs was intercepted by an Indian agency. The seized drugs are worth around Rs 12,000 crores ( $ 1458177.60) in the illegal drugs market. The drug Methamphetamine was concealed in 134 sacks and was seized from the mothership, which was travelling from Makran coast in Pakistan’s Balochistan.
A Pakistani national was on the speed boat that was intercepted. The boat along with the Pakistan national and drugs were reportedly brought to the Mattancherry Wharf in Kochi, located in southern India’s Kerala.
A release by the NCB stated, “Assets were mobilised and a close watch over the input was maintained by the team. The continuous intelligence collection and analysis resulted in identification of a highly probable route that the mother ship would take for distribution of contraband. An Indian Naval Ship was deployed in the vicinity. Based on this input, a large sea-going vessel was intercepted by the Navy.”
This raid was part of ‘Operation Samudragput’, which is aimed at putting an end to maritime trafficking of drugs in the Indian Ocean region.