PMSA Seizes Huge Quantity Of Narcotics, Arrests 12 In Separate Operations
Umer Jamshaid Published October 03, 2022 | 07:54 PM
The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) seized a huge quantity of drugs and arrested 12 drug peddlers in separate actions
Addressing a news conference at the PMSA headquarters, Deputy Director General PMSA Commodore Amir Iqbal Khan on Monday said the PMSA and Customs in an intelligence based counter narcotics operation on September 27, thwarted the smuggling of narcotics.
The PMSA after receiving the information deployed its ships and small crafts. During patrolling the PMSA ship noticed a suspicious boat. When the PMSA ship attempted to approach the said suspicious boat, it tried to escape, however, it was successfully intercepted.
To avoid legal action the crew set the boat ablaze and jumped in the sea. PMSA ship prioritized saving lives and all crew members of the boat were rescued promptly. Despite smugglers attempt to destroy the evidence by sinking the boat, PMSA unit was able to recover drugs thrown in the sea and apprehended the culprits.
During the operation eight smugglers alongwith approx 15 Kgs of crystal ice was recovered. Whereas, approx 1000 kgs of crystal ice was sunk with the boat. The value of these narcotics in international market was estimated to be Rs. 45 million and Rs 12.96 billion respectively. The seized narcotics have been handed over to Pakistan Customs for further legal proceedings.
In another action in South of Gwadar, a PMSA ship intercepted a suspicious boat at high seas within exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Pakistan. During the search of boat 28 kgs of Hashish was recovered from its hidden cavities. The boat alongwith 4 crew members were apprehended. The value of recovered narcotics was estimated to be Rs. 4.0 million.