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Indian Coast Guard seizes 3 Sri Lankan boats laden with drugs off Kerala coast

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Three Sri Lankan boats carrying nearly 300 kg of narcotic drugs were seized by the Indian Coast Guard off Kerala’s Vizinjam coast and 12 people were detained on Sunday, a senior official said.

Two hundred kg of cocaine, 60 kg of hashish and some equipment were seized from the boats registered in Sri Lanka, a senior official of the Coast Guard said. He said details will be known only after questioning the detained people, Hindusthan Times reported.

The Coast Guard did not immediately reveal the market value of the seized drugs.

According to initial reports large quantities of drugs were dumped into the sea when the Coast Guard encircled the three boats. The boats carried 19 people and seven of them jumped into the sea and a search was on with the help of local fishermen to locate them.

Preliminary reports suggest these vessels were bound for Karnataka and Goa coasts. Later all three vessels were brought to Vizinjam.

A spokesman of the Coast Guard said details will be released later after questioning the detained in detail. He said officials of the Intelligence Bureau and other central agencies will also question the detained, suspected to be members of a global drug racket.

  Comments - 3

  • Karu Sunday, 07 March 2021 11:57 PM

    Tip of the iceberg. Some in Sri Lanka must be trembling. Indians may use this opportunity to their advantage without revealing all the facts.

    Imthiyaz MM Monday, 08 March 2021 10:51 AM

    No need smuggling, Now part of the port give to India, they can bring in the official container.

    Martin Milton Monday, 08 March 2021 02:51 PM

    Well done! That is a great help. MM

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