Saturday, 30 December 2017

Royal Australian Navy seizes illegal drugs worth more than $400 million in Middle East

Narcotics seized by HMAS Warramunga on the deck of a trafficking vessel during an operation in the Arabian Sea.
An Australian warship operating in the Middle East has seized drugs believed to be worth more than $400 million after intercepting and boarding three ships in the Arabian sea.
During three days of operations after Christmas, crew members of HMAS Warramunga seized 69 kilograms of heroin and eight tonnes of hashish.
The Royal Australian Navy said it was the largest quantity of hashish seized by an Australian ship on Middle East maritime security operations, with the overall haul estimated to be valued around $415 million.HMAS Warramunga's boarding team prepare to board a vessel of interest.
Commanding Officer of HMAS Warramunga Dugald Clelland said the Navy "were able to employ our helicopter and boarding crews to locate and board three suspect vessels".
"A thorough search by the boarding parties uncovered a large quantity of hashish and heroin intended for distribution around the world," Commander Clelland said.
The illegal drugs were transferred to HMAS Warramunga and will later be disposed of at sea.Navy seaman numbers narcotic parcels seized by HMAS Warramunga during operations in the Middle East.
Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Major General John Frewen, said the operation would contribute to a more secure region.
"These drug seizures support Australia's long-term mission to ensure maritime security and stability in the region," he said.
"This operation will impact on the flow of narcotics around the world and the use of drug money to fund extremist organisations."
The haul was part of a joint operation with the Canadian military.


  1. As much as those vessels had no right to be carrying illegal drugs, Australia should have no right to be policing that region!
    Bring our troops back home!

  2. On the open seas there are no laws and thus these products themselves are not illegal. You can't have it both ways, Australia. So, despite their claim to be do-gooders, what we see here is an act of piracy under the protection of a state flag, plain and simple. Anyone else find it hard to believe that these drugs will be "disposed of at sea". If the are just going to toss it overboard, they sure are taking their time to measure and document exactly how much they have and how much its worth. They need to be flying the skull and crossbones so the next ship will know who they are really dealing with.

  3. If the drugs are thrown overboard, who will save the whales and dolphins from becoming addicted?

  4. The C.I.A. wont like having their stuff dumped at sea.