UK Royal Navy seizes more than $20 million worth of drugs in Gulf of Oman

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“In an operation lasting almost 10 hours, a team from the warship boarded a suspect in international waters off the coast of Oman and seized 663kg of heroin, 87kg of methamphetamine and 291kg of hashish and marijuana,” the assertion mentioned.

“This is the largest Royal Navy drugs bust since last year, HMS Montrose seized 2.4 tons of illicit substances in the Arabian Sea,” the MoD mentioned.

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A group from HMS Montrose approached a small vessel on two Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat — the place after a search they have been in a position to gather the illicit drugs — earlier than continuing to research and destroy them.

The warship repeatedly works alongside worldwide companions which make up the 34-nation coalition Combined Maritime Forces, which was led by the Royal New Zealand Navy on the time of the drugs bust. The management position has now handed to the Pakistan Navy.
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The MoD mentioned: “The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a multinational maritime partnership, which exists to counter illicit non-state actors.

“This successful operation has prevented a large amount of illicit drugs from potentially reaching the UK and being sold on British streets. Organized criminals, often associated with the funding of terrorism, have also been denied a source of income,” the assertion mentioned.

The Commanding Officer of HMS Montrose, Commander Claire Thompson mentioned in a press release:

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“Our enduring presence by no means wanes. Nine rotations into the ahead deployed mannequin, HMS Montrose stays as skilled and enthusiastic as ever.

“Starboard Crew’s relentless efforts have resulted in a substantial seizure of illegal narcotics and I am extremely proud of my team.”

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British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace additionally mentioned: “The Royal Navy proceed to step ahead with our companions in the Combined Maritime Forces to stamp out the smuggling of unlawful substances.

“As a result of this successful bust, our streets our safer and have choked off a huge source of finance to international organized crime groups.”

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