Praise for the CMF

Counter narcotics and anti-terrorism operations by the Combined Maritime Forces cuts funding to terrorist networks from drug smuggling pirates

Anti-drug patrols smash hashish and heroin smugglers in the Arabian Sea amid record narcotics hauls

Ramola Talwar Badam

Coalition navy ships patrolling the Arabian Sea have intercepted major drug hauls of hashish and heroin this year, busting narcotics smuggling networks that operate using boats and dhows plying in the region.

The total of 34.98 tonnes of hashish confiscated by the naval forces so far this year is more than three times the 9.69 tonnes seized last year and substantially more than 1.02 tonnes in 2016, according to data from the Combined Maritime Forces.

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