On Sunday, the Indian Coast Guard announced a mammoth seize of 1.5 tonnes of heroine worth a whopping $500 million. Terming it as the largest ever drug bust in the history of Indian defense, an official of the Indian Coast Guard further announced that the drug was seized from a Panama-registered merchant ship – MV Hennery – off the Gujarat coastline on Saturday.
Adding that the drugs were worth more than $545 million, the Indian Coast Guard was quoted saying:
This is the largest single haul of narcotics seized till date.
Reports further suggest that an undisclosed number of suspects were detained by the coast guard officials for interrogation by the police and intelligence agencies.
According to Indian law, anyone caught in possession of narcotics with an intention of using or smuggling them are kept in custody as the perpetrator of a non-bailable offence.
Although it is the first time such a mammoth quantity of narcotics have been seized by the coast guard, it is definitely not the first time that huge amount of narcotics have been seized in the country. Last year, the Maharashtra Police had seized approximately 18.5 tonnes of ephedrine, a narcotic substance used in the creation of the more dangerous methamphetamine, worth $311 million.
In 2013, a 45-year-old Brit in Goa was caught with four kilograms of amphetamines worth more than $330,000.
In fact, the official figures brought out by the Narcotics Control Bureau in India pinpoint at how drastically the seizure of narcotics in India has increased in recent years. Reports suggest that heroin is largely smuggled from Afghanistan through Pakistan and Kashmir as well as India’s western coastal areas.