ICG seizes Rs 10,952 Cr worth of narcotics drugs successfully
The Indian Coast Guard, which serves best for Coast Guard safety and protection from fishermen, has made its mark on drug mafia conspiracies such as narcotics smuggling from the sea route. From the inception of the ICG to the present day, a large amount of Rs.10,952 crore seized drugs worth and gained special recognition.
On 15 Mar 21, Intelligence input was received regarding suspicious boat of foreign origin likely to be engaged in drug trafficking in Arabian sea. On receipt and corroboration of input, a swift air-sea coordinated operation by Indian Coast Guard was launched immediately to detect the suspicious boats.
The Coast Guard ships and aircraft conducted extensive search in the area off Lakshadweep Islands. On 18 Mar 21, patrolling ICG units detected three suspicious boats off Minicoy Islands and intercepted them. Post boarding, interrogation of crew revealed inconsistent statements. On rummaging of boats, high grade 300 Kgs Heroin and 05 AK-47 rifles with 1000 live rounds were recovered from Sri Lankan Fishing Boat Ravihansi. The estimated value of narcotics in international market is approx Rupees 3000 Cr. All the three boats alongwith 19 crew escorted to Vizhinjam, Kerala for further joint investigation.
This is the second major anti-drug trafficking operation undertaken by ICG on west coast of India within a fortnight. On 05 Mar 21, ICG ships and aircraft, in a co-ordinated operation in Lakshadweep seas, had successfully apprehended Sri Lankan boat Akarsha Duwa with 06 crew off Minicoy island. The crew had admitted of carrying 200 kg high grade Heroin and 60 kg Hashish which was jettisoned at sea on sighting of ICG ships on patrol.
In a similar operation in Nov 2020, ICG had apprehended Sri Lankan boat Shenaya Duwa off Kanyakumari, carrying 120 kg narcotics worth approx Rs. 1000 Cr and five weapons.
The past one year has proved to be a big setback for drug traffickers at sea as ICG has successfully seized about 1.6 tons of narcotics worth approx Rs. 4900 Cr. The total drug haul done by ICG since inception amounts to Rs. 10,952 Cr.
The back to back successful anti-narcotics operations are testimony of smooth and cohesive flow of information with various Government agencies and ICG. This set up has resulted in robust detection and response mechanism coupled with unwavering commitment of ICG which has kept at bay the nefarious designs of Anti National Elements of exploiting our maritime zones for malicious intent.