Australia seizes tonne of heroin off African Coast
ALMOST one tonne of heroin worth up to $800 million has been seized by a Royal Australian Navy ship off the African coast.
HMAS Darwin confiscated 952kg of drugs during three intercepts in late May under the authority of British-led Combined Task Force 150, which is responsible for counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Middle East.
The drugs were transferred to Darwin for testing and when it was confirmed it was heroin the drugs were disposed at sea, in accordance with Australian policy.
The Commanding Officer at Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, said drug traffickers constantly try to find new ways to hide cargo, but the navy's boarding parties' training, techniques and equipment evolved so they could continue to find and dispose of drugs.
Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston said the seizures the the Royal Australian Navy's total of narcotics interdicted to more than four tonnes since the start of Operation MANITOU.
- ARM NEWSDESK