NCB granted Pakistani national’s custody by Kerala court in drug seizure case

NCB claimed a consignment of over 2,500 kg of meth from Afghanistan was meant for India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.


Published May 17, 2023 | 12:59 PMUpdatedMay 17, 2023 | 1:00 PM

NCB methamphetamine seize

A court in Kochi granted the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) 14-day custody of the Pakistani national. The accused was arrested in connection with the seizure of over 2,500 kilograms of methamphetamine, from a vessel in Indian waters off the port city.

The NCB informed the court that the accused was working for a Pakistani drug trafficker. In a custody application filed by the agency on Monday, 15 May evening, the NCB said the drug trafficker from Pakistan had offered Zubair Derakshshandeh, “good money” after the work was completed.

The actual commercial value of the contraband after its latest evaluation was close to ₹25,000 crore. The court after considering the contentions of the agency, granted it 14 days custody of the accused.

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Largest seizure

“The net weight of methamphetamine came out to be 2,525.675 kg,” the NCB said. Initially valued at ₹12,000 crore, the NCB had said that it was the largest seizure of methamphetamine in the country so far.

The agency claimed that the latest consignment of over 2,500 kg of methamphetamine was meant for India, Sri Lanka and Maldives from Afghanistan.

The drug cache had started on a “mother ship”.  A large vessel that distributes narcotics to various boats during its journey from the Makran coast around Pakistan and Iran.

The Pakistani national and up to 132 sacks of suspected methamphetamine were transported to Mattancherry Wharf. They were turned over by the Navy to the NCB along with the intercepted boat and some other goods salvaged from the ship.

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