Boat carrying drugs with six Pakistani crew members caught off Gujarat coast

A boat carrying 60 packets of drugs was seized and six Pakistani crew members on board were nabbed off the Gujarat coast in a multi-agency operation on Tuesday, an official said.

Based on a tip-off, the Indian Coast Guard, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) conducted a joint operation in the Arabian Sea near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), ATS Superintendent of Police Sunil Joshi said.

“A vessel carrying approximately 60 packets of contraband was seized about 180 nautical miles off the Porbandar coast. The boat with six Pakistani crew members is now being brought in for further investigation,” he said.

He said the type of the drug and its value were not yet known as the boat was being brought to shore.

This is the second major anti-narcotics operation launched by the agencies Arabian Sea within a month. On February 26, five foreign nationals were caught with 3,300 kg of narcotics, including hashish, off the Porbandar coast.

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