The Indian Navy and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), an anti-drug agency said that nearly 2,500 kilograms of methamphetamine worth around Rs. 12,000 crores were seized from a vessel in Indian waters along the Kerala coast on Saturday.
In a joint operation, the Navy and Narcotics Control Bureau seized the largest amount of methamphetamine originating from Afghanistan in the country and a Pakistani national has been detained in connection with it, according to NCB.
During a press conference, NCB officials said the operation was carried out aimed at targeting maritime trafficking of drugs originating from Afghanistan.
According to the local news outlet, the seized shipment was the third largest amount of drugs in the past year and a half to be smuggled from Afghanistan to India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
The main hiding place of the drug shipment was a big ship that distributed methamphetamine to different boats, and the ship had begun its journey from the coast of Makran around Pakistan and Iran, the source added.
On May 15, Uzbek authorities announced the discovery of a large shipment of methamphetamine on the Afghan border worth $70 million.
This comes as the regional countries and international community have repeatedly called on Afghanistan’s de facto authorities to take the drug issue seriously. Despite the pressure, drug trafficking from Afghanistan to the neighboring countries and beyond has unprecedentedly increased in the recent past.
At the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ministerial meeting held in Goa India on May 4 and 5, participating envoys reiterated on initiating joint efforts to deal with Afghanistan’s drug trafficking issue which has already affected the regional countries.