In a joint operation with the Indian Coast Guard, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad seized 40 kg of heroin worth Rs 200 crore from a Pakistani fishing boat in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast on Wednesday, according to a senior ATS official.
Six Pakistani boat crew members were also apprehended, he said.
The fishing boat carrying drugs was intercepted mid-sea by a joint team of the Coast Guard and ATS near Jakhau harbour in Kutch district, the official said.
“The heroin was meant to be transported to Punjab by road after being offloaded on the Gujarat coast. Based on a specific tip- off, we intercepted the boat which left from Pakistan, and caught six Pakistani nationals with 40 kg of heroin,” he said.
The ATS and Coast Guard officials along with the seized boat are expected to reach the Jakhau coast later in the day, he said.
The state ATS and Coast Guard had previously foiled similar drug smuggling attempts, capturing foreign nationals with huge quantities of narcotics that they planned to smuggle into India via the Gujarat coast.