In a search operation carried out by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), seized 300 kgs heroin worth Rs 3000 crore and five AK-47 rifles with 1000 live rounds were seized from Sri Lankan boats near Minicoy Island.
According to a defence press release, intelligence received a tip-off on March 15 regarding a suspicious boat of foreign origin likely to engage in drug trafficking in the Arabian Sea.
The estimated value of narcotics in the international market is approx Rs 3000 crore.
This is the second major anti-drug trafficking operation undertaken by ICG on the west coast of India within a fortnight. On Mar 5, ICG ships and aircraft, in a coordinated operation in Lakshadweep seas, had successfully apprehended Sri Lankan boat Akarsha Duwa with 6 crew off Minicoy island.