Indian Navy seizes 3,300 kg of drugs from dhow enroute to Indian waters

The Indian Navy and the NCB have in a joint operation apprehended a dhow enroute to the Indian waters and seized 3,300 kg of drugs from it, the largest quantity of narcotics seized in recent times, officials said last week.

The drugs seized include 3,089 kilograms of charas, 158 kg of methamphetamine and 25 kg of morphine, they said.

The dhow and crew members have been handed over to the law enforcement agencies by the Navy after being apprehended.

“The Indian Navy in a coordinated ops with Narcotics Control Bureau, apprehended a suspicious dhow carrying almost 3300Kgs contraband (3089 Kgs Charas, 158 Kgs Methamphetamine 25 Kgs Morphine). The largest seizure of narcotics, in quantity in recent times,” a Navy spokesperson said in a post on X.

Based on intelligence received from the Indian Navy’s maritime surveillance aircraft which were corroborated with inputs from the NCB, a mission deployed IN warship was pressed into action to intercept a suspicious dhow enroute to the Indian waters with sizeable contraband.

The official did not specify the cost of the contraband.

The boat was towed by the IN warship to the nearest Indian port for handing over the crew and contraband to the Law Enforcement Agencies.

This operation is considered significant by the navy as it highlights the collaborative efforts between the Indian Navy and the NCB for disruption of the illegal narcotics smuggling routes, which emanate from the Makran coast and flow towards various IOR countries.