In a major operation on the high seas, the Indian Coast Guard on early Tuesday seized a Pakistani fishing vessel carrying 200 kg heroin, valued at a whopping Rs 600 crore in the international market, an official said.
At around 9 PM on May 19, intelligence was received about a suspicious vessel likely to engage in drug trafficking. Indian Coast Guard immediately swung into action as ICG ship Arinjay was alerted about the suspected vessel. Two additional interceptor boats: C-437, C-408 was tasked to carry out the interception work. ICG Dornier aircraft was also launched from Porbandar to hunt down the vessel from Pakistan.
Efforts by the ICG paid off and on May 21, the suspected vessel Al Madina was intercepted inside Indian waters.
The 13-member crew of an Indian fishing vessel which was in the vicinity to receive the contraband was also detained.