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$42 million worth drugs seized from Myanmar ship in India

Christian Fernsby |
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has seized contraband drugs worth Rs 300 crore ($42 million) from a Myanmar ship in the Indian Ocean region, officials said on Saturday.

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Topics: DRUGS    MYANMAR    INDIA   

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the ICG on Saturday for the successful operation.

According to the ICG officials, the cargo was suspected to be part of a larger drug networking cartel operating in the Indian Ocean region.

The massive drug seizure was made on September 19 by ICG ship Rajveer near the Car Nicobar Islands of India. Officials said nearly 1,160 kg of the ketamine drug was seized in the coordinated sea-air operation from the vessel that was later found to belong to Myanmar.

An official said the six crew members onboard the ship were taken into custody on Saturday and were being interrogated by officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau and local police in Port Blair of Andaman Islands.

The boat carrying the drug consignment sunk in the Indian Ocean after sea waters flooded its deck when the ICG was ferrying it from Car Nicobar to Port Blair.

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