Australian Navy Seizes $1.7bn in Drugs

HMAS Newcastle seizes more heroin.

Australian Navy Seizes $1.7bn in Drugs

In its sixth successful haul in eight weeks, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle seized 139kg of heroin, with an estimated street value of around $AUD 41 million ($USD 30.4m), off the East coast of Africa.

Under the support of the 30-nation Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the latest haul brings the Australian Navy’s total seizures in the Middle East region to an estimated street value of $AUD 2.3 billion ($USD 1.7bn) since February 2014.

The latest haul was recovered during a routine verification boarding on July 3 when Newcastle intercepted a dhow using two rigid hull boats and discovered the narcotics hidden on board. After the drugs are weighed and recorded the navy disposed of them in the ocean.

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