Indian Coast Guard, Gujarat ATS apprehend a Pak boat carrying drugs worth $2 bn



The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and ATS, Gujarat have jointly apprehended a Pakistani boat with a six-person crew, carrying approximately 40 kilograms of drugs worth $ 2 billion from Indian waters.

Indian Coast Guard later tweeted: “In a joint Ops with ATS #Gujarat @IndiaCoastGuard apprehended #Pakistani Boat Al Tayyasa with 06 crew in #Indian waters of #Arabian Sea carrying about 40 Kgs #heroin worth approx 200 Cr. Boat being brought to #Jakhau for further investigation.”

On the intervening night of September 13-14, 2022, the ICG, on the basis of intelligence inputs by ATS Gujarat, deployed two fast interceptor class of ships – C-408 and C-454 – for patrolling in the area close to the International Maritime Border Line (IMBL).

A Pakistani boat was spotted moving suspiciously in Indian waters, five nautical miles inside the IMBL and 40 nautical miles from Jakhau in Gujarat. On being challenged, the Pakistani sailors threw a consignment out of the boat and started evasive maneuvers to get away. Braving rough seas, the ICG ships intercepted the boat and apprehended the boat and its crew members.

“The boat is being brought to Jakhau for further joint investigation. This is the fifth such joint operation by the ICG and ATS, Gujarat in the last year. It highlights the importance of effective coordination amongst stakeholders for a robust coastal security network,” the ministry of defense said in a statement.