Massive haul of heroin seized from fishing boats in Arabian Sea during Australian Navy raids
The Australian Navy has destroyed nearly a tonne of heroin worth almost $300 million over recent days during operations in the Middle East.
- More than 900kg of heroin seized from two boats in the Arabian Sea
- Seizures made during joint operation with Combined Maritime Forces
- Drugs were dumped at sea
Australia is part of a United States-led coalition fighting drug smuggling and weapons trafficking in the region.
The drugs had a street value of more than $279 million. (Supplied: Australian Department of Defence)
HMAS Ballarat joined the operation last month and has been targeting suspicious boats in the Arabian Sea.
Crew members boarded two fishing vessels, on December 21 and December 23.
They seized 165 kilograms of heroin during the first operation and 766 kg during the second raid.
The narcotics were dumped at sea.
“A thorough search by the boarding parties uncovered a large quantity of heroin intended for distribution around the world,” HMAS Ballarat’s Commanding Officer Paul Johnson said.
“By keeping these illegal narcotics out of the hands of those that exploit others, we improve the lives of those in the region,” Commander Paul Johnson said.
Crews found drugs on two ships boarded during the operation. (Supplied: Australian Department of Defence)
The Anzac-class frigate joined the 32-nation Operation MANITOU last month and these are the first seizures made by the crew.
Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Jaimie Hatcher, said it is a promising start to its deployment.
“This operation will impact on the flow of narcotics around the world and the use of drug money to fund extremist organisations,” Rear Admiral Hatcher said.
It is believed the drugs were destined for the international narcotics trade. (Supplied: Australian Department of Defence)