KOCHI: Thoppumpady Judicial First-Class Magistrate Court on Saturday remanded 20 people, who were arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in connection with the seizure of high-grade heroin valued in the international illicit market at around Rs 1,526 crore, in judicial custody.The accused persons, including Kerala and Tamil Nadu natives, were produced before the magistrate late on Saturday. The case pertains to the seizure of 218 packets of heroin weighing 1kg each from two boats. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and DRI had seized the contraband from two boats named âPrinceâ and âLittle Jesusâ, which were moving towards the Indian coast. Both the boats were intercepted by officers of ICG and DRI on Wednesday, off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands.On questioning, some of the crew members in the boats confessed that they had received heroin in huge quantities on high sea and that they had concealed it in the boats. Both the boats were escorted to Kochi for further proceedings.Thorough search of the vessels was carried out at the Coast Guard district headquarters in Kochi, which resulted in the heroin recovery.
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