Heroin worth ₹3,000 crore, AK-47 rifles seized from Sri Lankan boat

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The Coast Guard has intercepted a Sri Lankan boat with high-grade weapons and drugs worth 3,000 crore rupees from Arabian Sea near Minicoy Island on Thursday.

The boat, Ravihansi with 300 kilograms of heroin worth crores in the international market and five AK-47 rifles along with 1,000 live rounds was intercepted on 18 March and has been taken to Vizhinjam, reported Times of India.

The Coast Guard ships and aircraft have been conducting extensive search in the area of Lakshadweep Islands. 

Earlier, on 18 March, the patrolling Coast Guard units detected three suspicious boats off Minicoy Islands and intercepted them and recovered weapons and drugs from one of the boats.

This is the second major antidrug trafficking operation undertaken by the Coast Guard on western coast within a fortnight. On 5 March, the Coast Guard ships and aircraft, in a coordinated operation in Lakshadweep seas, had successfully apprehended Sri Lankan boat Akarsha Duwa with six crew off Minicoy Island. The crew had admitted to carrying 200kg high grade heroin and 60kg hashish which was jettisoned in the sea on sighting the Coast Guard ships on patrol.

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