The packets recovered in a creek area in the coastal Kutch district, dumped by Pakistani smugglers, contained heroin worth Rs 250 crore, the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) said on Monday.
As many as 49 packets were recovered near Jakhau by the Border Security Force (BSF) and local police on Sunday.
Before that, seven Pakistani crew members were apprehended by the ATS and Indian Coast Guard on the Indian side of the Arabian sea on the night of May 30.
"As directed by Pakistan-based smugglers who had planned to smuggle contraband into Gujarat, the captain of the boat, Mohammad Akram, threw two bags into the sea when they saw the coast guard ship approaching," said Deputy Superintendent of Police, ATS, B P Rozia.
The coast guard and ATS had apprehended the Pakistani boat Al Noman with seven men on board on May 30.
The arrested Pakistani nationals revealed that two plastic bags containing contraband were loaded on the boat by smugglers at Pishukan port in Pakistan, and the cargo was supposed to be offloaded in another boat in the Indian waters.
"To save themselves, the captain threw the bags in the sea. They washed ashore in the creek area near Jakhau, 40 nautical miles from the spot," the ATS official said.
Forensic analysis established that the 49 sealed packets contained nearly 50 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 250 crore in the international market, said Rozia.
Efforts were on to arrest those who were supposed to take delivery of the contraband in mid-sea from the Pak crew, he added.
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