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India Seizes Record 1,500 kg of Heroin from Ship off Gujarat Coast

India’s navy seized a ship carrying about 1,500 kg of heroin worth 35 billion rupees ($545 million) on Sunday 30 July ’17 in what it said was its biggest ever drugs haul.

The vessel, which was operating under the name MV Henry under the Panama flag, was intercepted off the Gujarat coast near the city of Porbandar, said S. Paramesh, deputy director general at the Indian Coast Guard.

It was sailing from Dubai to Alang, a town in Gujarat known for shipbreaking, Paramesh said.

The eight crew members aboard, all of whom were identified as Indian nationals, are under investigation.

According to former narcotics bureau zonal director Rohit Sharma, drug cartels are increasingly using the maritime route to bring heroin from Afghanistan to the Makran coast, where the coastlines of Pakistan and Iran meet.

“And from there, the drug is taken across the Indian Ocean to western markets via east Africa,” he said. Smugglers prefer the east African coastline as it is inadequately policed.


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