Sri Lankan boat Ravihansi, intercepted with 300 kg of Heroin

Narcotics Control Bureau and Indian Coast guard has intercepted a Sri Lankan boat name Ravihansi, with 300 kg of Heroin along with huge quantity of arms and ammunition in Indian water. The vessel was brought to Vizhinjam harbour and NCB Chennai zonal Unit took over the custody of the boat and seized 300.323 kg of Heroin along with five AK-47 Rifles and 1000 rounds of 9mm ammunitions. A number of incriminating documents were also seized from the occupants of the vessel.

The heroin was found concealed inside the water tank of the vessel in 301 packets. Image of a flying horse was found on all the heroin packets, which is a usual practise of drug trafficking syndicates to brand their drugs.

An unknown vessel carried the Heroin and arms consignment from Chabahar Port, Iran and handed over the same to Sri Lankan fishing boat Ravihansi in the high seas near Lakshadweep. Ravihansi was then trafficking the consignment to Sri Lanka when the Indian authorities intercepted it.

All the six Sri Lankan crew members namely

L. Y. Nandana,

HKGB Dassppriya,

HS Gunasekara,

SA Senarath,

T. Ranasingha and D. Nissanka

present in the boat were arrested and remanded to judicial custody.

The intelligence inputs and the investigations so far indicate that a Pakistan based drug trafficking network is involved in the current seizure. There have been seizures of huge quantity heroin in the Arabian Sea by both Indian as well as other enforcement agencies which are believed to have trafficked by the same network. This seizure also unveils the nexus between narcotics trafficking and extremist elements.

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