An operation was launched by DRI after it
assiduously and meticulously developed specific intelligence over a period of
several months that two Indian boats would be sailing from the coast of Tamil
Nadu and would receive narcotics in huge quantity somewhere in the Arabian sea,
during the second/third week of May 2022.
Accordingly, a joint operation of DRI
with Indian Coast Guard (ICG) codenamed Operation Khojbeen was launched on 7th
Two suspected boats
“Prince” and “Little Jesus” found with heroin in huge quantity
Under the said operation, Coast Guard ship
Sujeet, with DRI officials onboard, maintained a close watch near the Exclusive
Economic Zone. After several days of continuous search and monitoring amidst
very rough seas, two suspected boats “Prince” and “Little Jesus” were noticed
moving towards India. Both the Indian boats were intercepted by officers of ICG
and DRI on 18th May 2022, off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands. On questioning
some of the crew members in the said boats confessed that they had received
heroin in huge quantity on high sea and that they had concealed it in both the
boats. In view thereof, both the boats were escorted to Kochi for further
Recovery of 218 packets of 1 kg each of heroin
Thorough search of both the boats was
carried out at the Coast Guard District Headquarters at Kochi, which resulted
in recovery of 218 packets of 1 kg each of heroin. The seizure proceedings
under the provisions of NDPS Act,1985 are currently being undertaken by the
DRI. Follow up searches are taking place at various locations and further
investigation is in progress.
The operation was meticulously planned and
executed by DRI and ICG and entailed extensive surveillance in the rough seas
over a period of several days. Seized drug appears to be of high-grade heroin
and its value in the international illicit market is estimated to be over Rs.
1,526 Crore. In the recent past, ICG and DRI have undertaken some significant
anti-drug trafficking operations.
This is the fourth
major drug bust by DRI in the past one month.
The joint crusade of ICG and DRI against transnational drug trafficking
networks has been successful in disrupting the inflow of drugs in the country
through maritime routes.