ICG seizes arms, drugs transferred from Pak vessel to Lankan boat, 6 arrested

Thoothukudi: In a mid sea operation, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has impounded a Sri Lanka-registered boat smuggling heroin and arms after transferring it from a Pakistan dhow in the high seas on the international border.

The boat was impounded off Thoothukudi coast.

Sources said here that the ICG ship “ICGS Vaibhav” seized the Sri Lankan vessel “Shenaya Duwa” during a nine-day anti-smuggling operation that began on 17 November.

Around 100 kg heroin packed in 99 packets, 20 small boxes of synthetic drugs, five 9 mm pistols and ammunition, besides a Thuraya satellite phone set were seized from the boat.

The drugs were found hidden in an empty fuel tank on board.
Six crew members of the boat, all of them Sri Lankans, were detained and brought to Thoothukudi town for interrogation.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the drugs and arms were transferred on to the Sri Lankan vessel on the high seas by a Pakistani dhow from Karachi.

The drugs were meant to be smuggled to Western countries and Australia.

Investigations were on by multi-agency team of officials, including the Narcotics Control Bureau to find out potential recipients of the drugs.