New Delhi: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) have intercepted 218 kg heroin in a mid-sea drug bust off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands. The heroin worth Rs 1,526 crore was interdicted under the ‘Operation Khojbeen‘ undertaken by the DRI sleuths and and the coast guard.
The joint operation of DRI and the Indian Coast Guard codenamed was launched on May 7, 2022 during which a coast guard ship, with DRI officials onboard, maintained a close watch near the Exclusive Economic Zone, the ICG said in a press release.
On May 18, the officials saw two suspected boats moving towards India and intercepted the vessels. On questioning some of the crew members in the boats confessed to receiving heroin in huge quantity on high sea and concealing it in both the boats, which were escorted to Kochi for further proceedings.
Earlier, DRI had recovered 205.6 kg of heroin from at the Kandla port on April 20, 2022, 396 kg of thread (laced with heroin) at Pipavav port on April 29, 2022, and 62 kg heroin at Air Cargo Complex, IGI New Delhi on May 10, 2022. The total value of the seized drugs comes to approximately Rs 2,500 crores in international illicit market, the release said.
Since April 2021, DRI has seized more than 3,800 kg of heroin valued at approximately Rs 26,000 crores in the international illicit market, including seizure of 3,000 kg heroin at Mundra in September 2021, 293 kg heroin at Nhava Sheva Port in July 2021, 34 kg heroin at Tughlaquabad, New Delhi in February 2022, apart from the multiple seizures of Heroin from air passengers.