The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has alerted Central and State agencies to the possibility of international traffickers concealing illegal drug consignments in the cargo of COVID-19 protective equipment to evade detection. The alert has been sounded on the basis of inputs from the Interpol. Security forces deployed along the international borders and coasts, including those of the Coast Guard, the Border Security Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Sashastra Seema Bal, often intercept illicit drug consignments. 

“The international drug-traffickers, particularly those from Pakistan, have of late been using the sea route. Therefore, it is necessary to intensify patrolling in high seas, and for that, more high-speed interceptor boats should be deployed,” said a government official.