DRUGS worth $69 million have been seized in the latest raid on a dhow in the Arabian Sea by a Bahrain-based task force.
The 295kg haul of heroin came as Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Warramunga raided the suspicious vessel last Thursday.
The mission was conducted as part of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 – a multinational naval force that ensures maritime security against terrorists and related illegal activities in the region.
“The result of this latest interdiction was the seizure and destruction of heroin valued at approximately $69m,” said the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), under which CTF 150 operates, in a statement yesterday.
“This is Warramunga’s 11th successful interdiction in five months and brings the Royal Australian Navy Frigate’s impressive total of narcotics interdicted to approximately 19.3 tonnes of hashish and 2.1 tonnes of heroin totalling $1.2 billion.”
This was the 16th boarding under the Australian-led CTF 150 leading to the seizure of illicit drugs.
“We have removed illicit narcotics that would have otherwise funded terrorist activities,” said CTF 150 Commander Commodore Mal Wise.
Since last December, CTF 150 has seized more than 30 tonnes of hashish and more than three tonnes of heroin valued in excess of $1.8bn.