India seizes record heroin haul off merchant ship on Gujarat coast

1500 Kg of Heroine worth more than Rs 3000 crore was seized from the vessel

The ship - MV Hennery - was taken to Porbandar on Sunday for further investigation, the Coast Guard was quoted as saying. The Coast Guard Ship Samudra Pavak intercepted the merchant vessel on Saturday noon. The officials said Intelligence inputs were received on July 17 for another ship, which was around 338 km west of Porbandar, but not inside the Indian waters.The vessel was subsequently detained and tugged to Porbandar port on Sunday where authorities during its inspection found the narcotics. The vessel which was heading towards Alang ship breaking yard was suspected of carrying some suspicious material in it.

This is the largest single haul of narcotics seized till date. They have been detained for questioning. NCB had already alerted other agencies of drug smugglers using short sea route to send narcotics substance from Pakistan, via India to Sri Lanka, from where it gets "exported" to western countries including U.S., where the demand for such drug is as high as 2,000 kg per month.

The vessel was later brought to Porbandar coast, where the 8 crew members arrested from the boat are being interrogated by the Gujarat Police, Navy and the Indian Coast guard. Ephredine is used in the manufacture of methamphetamines.

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Heroin seizures in India have increased in recent years, according to figures from the Narcotics Control Bureau.

India has a serious heroin problem in the northern state of Punjab.

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