Indian coast guard makes record 1.5 tonne heroin bust valued at USD 550 million

AHMEDABAD, India (AFP) – India’s coast guard announced on Sunday (July 30) it had seized 1.5 tonnes of heroin worth almost US$550 million (S$746 million) from a merchant ship in what maritime authorities are calling their largest-ever drug bust.

The ship was intercepted on Saturday off the western state of Gujarat, the coast guard said in a statement.

“This is the largest single haul of narcotics seized till date,” it said, adding the drugs were worth an estimated US$545 million.

An undisclosed number of suspects were detained for questioning by coast guard officials, police and intelligence agencies.

SOURCE: AFP