PMSA seizes large shipment of drugs in Arabian Sea raid
KARACHI: Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) and Customs in a joint operation on the high seas seized a drug shipment, ARY News reported.
During a raid on a foreign boat in the northern Arabian Sea, the PMSA seized 625 kilograms of narcotics, a PMSA official said.
“During the raid on the high seas, seven smugglers were also arrested,” Deputy Director General of Maritime Security Shahid Jalil said.
“Those arrested included five foreign nationals and two people with dual nationality,” a PMSA official said. “The value of the seized drugs was estimated at 6.25 billion rupees in the international market,” the official said.
The drugs seized and the couriers arrested were handed over to customs, a PMSA official said.
On Sunday, the Sindh Narcotics Taxation and Control Department seized drugs worth billions of rupees from a vacant lot in Surjani town of Karachi.
Sindh Anti-Narcotics Department conducted an operation in Sector 70-D of Surjani City and recovered heroes worth $1.4 billion.
Addressing a press conference, Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation and Narcotics Control Department Mukesh Kumar Chawla said the heroin was concealed in plastic bags. He said a defendant was also arrested at the crime scene.
A case has been filed against the accused and further investigation is ongoing, he told media.
Earlier this month, the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in a raid on the Karachi seaport terminal recovered 360 kilograms of heroin.
An ANF spokesperson had said that on a tip-off, the ANF carried out a raid at the port and recovered 360 kilograms of heroin from cargo containers earmarked for the UK.