Gujarat ATS on Sunday late night nabbed two more suspects from Bedi in Jamnagar in connection with the 146 kg heroin seizure worth over Rs 700 crore from Morbi in November 2021. This was the biggest ever heroin seizure from Gujarat by the ATS.
Sources in the ATS said the two were picked up based on intelligence provided by the Indian Navy. They added that the two men are being questioned and as of now their role seems to be limited and they could be made witnesses to strengthen the case. The two suspects are believed to have been in touch with other accused in the case at the time the drug consignment was being smuggled from Pakistan through the Gujarat coastline. We are interrogating them to gather details about the modus operandi, said a senior ATS official.
On November 15, 2021, Gujarat ATS seized 120 kg of heroin worth over Rs600 crore from Jinjuda village of Morbi. Three key accused Mukhtar Hussain alias Jabbar Jodiya 39 of Jamnagar, Shamsuddin Saiyed 37 of Jinjuda village in Morbi and Ghulamhussain Bhagad, 38 of Salaya were arrested at that time. Jabbar was absconding in an earlier case in which 227 kg of heroin was seized by DRI. Following the seizure, police had said the drug consignment was sent by Pakistani drug lord Zahid Baloch and his brother Ísa Rav. The drug consignment was to be delivered originally to an African country but was diverted to Gujarat. Later eight other accused including, Nigerian national Michel Yugochukvu, were arrested. Michel was arrested in Delhi. Another 26 kg heroin which was part of the same consignment was also seized by ATS following further investigation.
ATS officials said that the drug consignment smuggled through Gujarat Coastline was meant for drug mafias based in Punjab, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.