Heroin worth Rs.6 cr seized off TN coast

Seven persons, including four Sri Lankan nationals, have been arrested in this connection

Heroin worth Rs.6 cr seized off TN coast

Nearly 6 kg of heroin, meant to be smuggled into Sri Lanka, was seized from a boat off the coast in Tuticorin, and seven persons, including four Sri Lankan nationals, have been arrested in this connection, customs officials said on Wednesday.

All the accused were arrested on Tuesday and were remanded to judicial custody on Wednesday, they said.

The officials intercepted a boat, which was found moving in a suspicious manner off the Therespuram coast, and recovered 6 kg of heroin worth Rs.6 crore from it, the officials said, as per an IE report. Rexon, Ashokumar and Santhiagu were apprehended. During interrogation, the trio had told that the Sri Lankans would come and collect the contraband mid sea.

Later, the customs sleuths, in the guise of traders had ventured into the sea and nabbed the Sri Lankan buyers, they added. However, the officials declined to reveal the names of the four Sri Lankan Tamils.