Pakistan Navy has seized three tons of hashish in an operation in the northern Arabian Sea on Wednesday.
Pakistan Navy in collaboration with Maritime Security Agency seized a boat carrying the hashish worth “millions of dollars” as part of an anti-narcotics operation, the statement from Pakistan Navy said. There is no news about any arrests were made.
A video released by Pakistan Navy showed personnel standing behind a sack of “hashish-filled” bags recovered during the raid.
The seized hashish were supposed to be smuggled into European market via sea route.
This follows the recovery of 8,000 kilograms of drugs worth over $90 million in the open market by Pakistan’s coastguards in March 2018 from southwestern Baluchistan area.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Pakistan is the destination and transit country for approximately 40 percent of the opium produced in neighboring Afghanistan.
Baluchistan which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is said to be a key transit point for drug trafficking between the two countries. This route is also notorious for smuggling of Iranian petroleum products.
War-torn Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of illicit opium involving the country’s powerful warlords, and the militant groups. These militants use the drug money to arm their respective supporters despite the heavy presence of U.S.-led foreign forces for over 16 years.
Scores of small mobile laboratories have reportedly been operating in lawless Pak-Afghan border for opium processing, according to the UNODC.