In a joint operation with the Indian Coast Guards, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) seized 40kg heroin valued at Rs 200 crore in the international market from a Pakistani fishing boat in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast.
Six crew members, all of them Pakistani nationals, who were aboard the boat were arrested. The boat had travelled six nautical miles into the Indian waters, official sources said.
The fishing boat was intercepted mid-sea by teams of Coast Guards and ATS near Jakhau harbour in Kutch district.
According to officials, the contraband was headed for Punjab after being delivered at the Gujarat coast, which has emerged as the preferred route to smuggle drugs.
Earlier too, the State ATS and other central agencies have seized several consignments of narcotics off the Gujarat coast that were meant to be distributed across the country.
Very recently, the ATS and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had seized around 40kg heroin worth Rs 200 crore from a container loaded with scraps from Kolkata Port.
The drugs were smuggled in a container loaded with scrap from Dubai.
The Gujarat ATS and various agencies have this year seized over 1,300kg heroin worth Rs 6,800 crore during investigations in Gujarat, Delhi and Kolkata.