Record-high seizure of Afghan methamphetamine in India

Source: Paris Pact

Geographical area: Global

Date: 12 May 2023


Around 2500 kg of high purity methamphetamine worth approximately 1.45 billion USD on the black market, was seized in the Indian territorial waters jointly by the Indian Narcotics Control Board (NCB) and the Indian Navy. The seizure was a part of the “Operation Samudragupt”, which targets maritime trafficking of drugs originating from Afghanistan.

According to the NCB, this was the first time that an Indian agency intercepted a “mother ship” carrying record-high quantity of drugs, which were going to be later distributed to smaller vessels over the route.

This activity corresponds to the priority recommendations adopted under Pillar I (Cross-border Cooperation) of the Paris Pact initiative of which India is an active participant.