New Delhi, Nov 25 : A Sri Lankan boat along with 100 kg heroin sourced from Pakistan along with 20 small packets of synthetic drugs have been seized, and five crew members arrested on the high seas off Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Coast Guard has said.
Five pistols were seized from the accused.
Initial investigation revealed that the contraband was transferred to the Sri Lankan boat from a Pakistani dhow from Karachi.
Personnel deployed on Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship Vaibhav seized the Sri Lankan boat along with the contraband during anti-smuggling operations that began on November 17. "Joint interrogation of the arrested accused by all security agencies concerned is in progress," the Coast Guard said in a statement.
ICG ships Vaibhav, Vikram, Samar, Abhivav and Aadesh and a Coast Guard Dornier aircraft are involved in anti-smuggling operations, despite rough sea conditions.