Warship makes 786kg drug bust
The Australian warship HMAS Darwin has made another big drug bust, seizing almost 800 kilograms of hashish from a smuggling dhow in the Arabian Sea.
That takes Darwin’s drug tally to more than six tonnes during its Middle East deployment that started in March.
Darwin’s boarding parties spent 23 hours searching the suspect vessel, uncovering 786 kilograms of hashish in 37 bags, each weighing 21-22 kilograms.
The drugs had an estimated street value of $30 million.
Darwin is patrolling in the Arabian Sea as part of the multinational Combined Maritime Forces and the United Kingdom-led Combined Task Force 150.
CTF 150 commander Commodore Jeremy Blunden said intercepting illicit narcotics sends a powerful message to terrorist organisations.
‘‘That the world’s sea lines of communication will not be a freeway for sustaining the financial capital for terrorist activity,’’ he said in a statement.
Hauls of seized drugs are dumped overboard and the crews of smuggling vessels sent on their way.