Indian coast guard makes record 1.5 tonne heroin bust


India’s coast guard announced Sunday (30) it had seized 1.5 tonnes of heroin worth almost $550 million from a merchant ship in what maritime authorities are calling their largest ever drug bust. The ship was intercepted Saturday (29) 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 $545 million. An undisclosed number of suspects were detained for questioning by coast guard officials, police and intelligence agencies. Anyone caught smuggling or possessing narcotics is remanded in custody…

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