Indian ship catches Myanmar boat with contraband

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-24 18:46:32|Editor: xuxin
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NEW DELHI, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) apprehended one Myanmar boat and six personnel onboard with around 300 kg of contraband, an official source confirmed on Tuesday.

The patrolling ship called Aruna Asaf Ali was diverted for investigation when it found a non-Indian vessel in the east of Andaman island.

The ICG chip sighted the boat about 231 km from the nearest land Little Andaman and fired three warning shots in air, forcing the vessel to stop.

The Indian ship's boarding party embarked the vessel, which was found to be of Myanmar origin, and arrested six crew members onboard.

A total of 250 packets weighing 1 kg each, and 106 packets weighing 500 grams each were recovered from the vessel, containing suspicious white crystalline substance.

The ship carried out preliminary investigation with the available drug detection kit and found that the substance was a banned drug called Methaqualone. The crew failed to produce any supporting documents.

This was ICG's second catch of contraband at sea in Andaman and Nicobar Region in the past three months.