KARACHI: The Maritime Security Agency, in a joint operation with the Customs Intelligence of Karachi, has successfully intercepted a large consignment of methamphetamine, also known as ICE, on the high seas. The operation, which was based on actionable intelligence provided by the Director of Customs Intelligence, Karachi, Engineer Habib Ahmed, along with ADC Afzal Watto and DC Wasif Malik, led to the seizure of 675 kilograms of the illicit substance.

The intelligence tip-off proved crucial in the timing of the operation, enabling the authorities to apprehend the smugglers aboard a fishing vessel before they could distribute the drugs. The operation resulted in the arrest of seven individuals, including five foreign nationals and two Pakistani citizens, who were found in possession of the narcotics.

The street value of the seized methamphetamine is estimated to be a staggering US$ 54,000 per kilogram, bringing the total value of the haul to approximately Rs 10 billion (US$ 37.5 million). This figure is based on the valuation of different drugs circulated by the Customs Intelligence Headquarters.

In the aftermath of the seizure, the Directorate of Customs Intelligence, Karachi, is taking legal action by lodging a First Information Report (FIR) for further investigation. The aim is to extend the probe to uncover the network behind this operation, including the planners, investors, and intended beneficiaries of the smuggled drugs.

This successful operation marks a significant victory for the Pakistani authorities in their ongoing battle against drug smuggling and highlights the effectiveness of inter-agency cooperation in safeguarding the nation’s maritime boundaries against such illegal activities.