Six foreigners held with 200 kg of drugs in Kochi

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Even though the actor who enacted the role of drug user initially objected, he was forced to shoot again following threats from the mafia. Representational photo

Kochi: The Indian Navy officers have nabbed 6 foreign citizens from the coasts of Kochi for possessing 200 kilograms of drugs. The culprits were handed over to the Narcotic Control Bureau. As per preliminary information, the arrested foreigners are citizens of Pakistan and Iran. The boat registered in Iran on which they were travelling has also been seized.

The drugs seized are worth more than Rs 2 crore per kilogram upon reaching India. The seized drugs have been sent for chemical assessment to determine the actual cost. The boat was seized about 1200 nautical miles away from the coast of Kochi, yesterday morning. Those who were travelling in the boat did not possess the required identity cards or documents including the fishing license.

The boat, which was seized by the Navy team with the help of the patrolling ship, would be kept at the Mattancherry wharf in Kochi port.

NCB seizes mephedrone worth more than Rs 120 cr from Mumbai

The NCB has seized 60 kg mephedrone drug worth more than Rs 120 crore from Mumbai and Gujarat, and arrested six members of an inter-state drug cartel, including a former Air India pilot, a senior official said here on Friday.

The action was taken based on specific inputs received by the Naval Intelligence unit at Jamnagar in Gujarat, said Sanjay Singh, Deputy Director General of the NCB in a press briefing here.

"We have cracked a drug network spread across various states of the country and arrested six persons involved in the syndicate," he said.

Following the tip-off, the officials from the NCB headquarters in Delhi and its Mumbai zonal unit conducted a raid at Jamnagar on Monday and seized 10 kg mephedrone, he said.

The NCB team arrested one person from Jamnagar and three others from Mumbai in this connection, Singh added.

Kottayam native arrested with drugs worth Rs 100 crore

Mumbai: In another major drug haul, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested Kottayam native Binu John (52) for possessing drugs worth Rs 100 crore, at the Mumbai International Airport.

Based on the information received after interrogation, a Ghana-native woman has been nabbed from a hotel in Delhi. This woman was said to be ‘responsible’ for distributing the drugs Binu brought to Mumbai.

The DRI sleuths, acting based on a tip-off, inspected Binu’s trolley bag and found 16 kg of heroin from a hidden pocket in the bag. Ambalathungal Binu John, from Mattakkara in Pambadi Akalakkunnam, reached Mumbai from the African country Malawi via Qatar.

The local residents do not know much about him, except that Binu’s house is in 14th ward near Mattakkara and that he could be seen in his home town once in a while. The Kerala Excise Department has also started an investigation into the case.

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