Navy, NCB Seize Rs 25000 Crore Drug Consignment From Pakistan In Indian Ocean

Under ‘Operation Samudragupta’, Indian Navy and NCB have been launching massive crackdown on narcotics in the Indian waters.

Indian navy (photo for representational purposes only)

In a major crackdown on narcotics, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Indian Navy seized drugs consignment worth Rs 25,000 crores in Indian Ocean, NDTV report said on Monday.

The report quoting NCB officials said, the enumeration of the high-purity methamphetamine seized by NCB and the Indian Navy has been completed. 

“The total seizure has been confirmed as 2,525 kg and it is valued at 25,000 crore rupees,” the report mentioned.

The report quoting officials said enumeration was completed in 23 hours. 

"The value became higher because it is higher grade methamphetamine. The seized drugs were in 134 sacks. The methamphetamine was kept in packets of one kilo each", it said.

“One suspected Pakistani national was already arrested in this regard. He will be produced before the Court today evening,” it said.

NCB seized approximately 2,500 kg of contraband drugs in Indian waters in a special operation, it said.

The report said it was the largest in terms of monetary value.

The report quoting official said: "NCB & Navy conducted a successful operation in the Indian Ocean. It is the largest in terms of its monetary value. It originated from the Chabahar port in Iran. The source of the drugs is Pakistan."

The report further quoted officials saying that the consignment was meant for Sri Lanka, Maldives and India.

"The mother ship was being stationed at different points in the sea. The smaller boats would go from various countries & collect consignments from the mother ships. 
The consignment was meant for Sri Lanka, Maldives and India. One Pakistani national has been arrested", it quoted official as having said.

It stated the operation was started in February last year and as part of the operation, the team has seized roughly around 4,000 kg of various drugs.

"We started Operation Samudragupta in February 2022 as part of that operation we have seized roughly around 4,000 kg of various drugs", the report quoted official as having said.

The initial success of the operation called 'Samudragupta' was achieved in the month of February 2022 when a joint team of NCB and Indian Navy seized 529 kg of Hashish, 221 kg of Methamphetamine and 13 kg of Heroin in the high seas off the coast of Gujarat, all sourced from Balochistan and Afghanistan, it mentioned.

The seizure part of 'Operation Samudragupta' targeted the maritime trafficking of drugs originating from Afghanistan, it added.