Half-a-billion dollars of heroin seized

  • 31/07/2017
Heroin. Photo credit: Getty

India's navy has seized a ship carrying about 1500 kg of heroin worth 35 billion rupees (NZ$545 million) in what it says was its biggest ever drugs haul.

The vessel, which was operating under the name MV Henry under the Panama flag, was intercepted off the Gujarat coast near the city of Porbandar on Sunday, said S Paramesh, deputy director general at the Indian Coast Guard.

It was sailing from Dubai to Alang, a town in Gujarat known for shipbreaking, Paramesh said.

The eight crew members aboard, all of whom were identified as Indian nationals, are under investigation.