Kochi: Estimated to be worth Rs 1200 crores, 200 kg of heroin made in Afghanistan was intercepted from a boat by the Indian officials, arresting 6 Iranian nationals. The heroin came through a boat that first reached Pakistan, from where it was put on an Iranian boat, and it was meant to be sold in India and Sri Lanka.
This Iranian boat was to transfer drugs being shipped in a waterproof seven-layer packaging to a Sri-Lankan boat which could not be traced. Sanjay Kumar Singh, a senior officer of Narcotics Control Bureau said that an operation was conducted on sea by Indian Navy and NCB and the seized consignment was brought to Kochi in Kerela along with six Iranian nationals. The officer further added that some packets had Scorpion seal markings, and other had dragon seal markings.
The NCB officer said that men tried to escape by jumping into water and dumping the drug into the water. The trafficking of Afghan heroin into India via maritime route-Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean has increased exponentially over the last few years.