Drug trafficking : Royal Navy seizes drugs worth $17M in the Arabian Sea

During the 10-hour operation, large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, hashish marijuana and even illegal weapons were found.
Drug trafficking : Royal Navy seizes drugs worth $17M in the Arabian Sea

According to the Royal Navy, a total of 870kg of crystal methamphetamine was seized on board the ship. Britain's National Crime Agency estimates the drugs to have a wholesale value of around 15.5 million pounds (about $17.1 million).

The Royal Navy seized hundreds of kilograms of crystal methamphetamine worth an estimated $17 million from a boat in the Arabian Sea. A Royal Navy spokesman said the HMS Montrose force had dispatched helicopters to monitor the movements of a suspicious boat in the Arabian Sea, the BBC reports.

Later, the British Royal Marines of 42 Commando managed to take control of the boat. The initial search turned up only a few drugs. However, they then discovered a hidden compartment behind the false bulkhead of the small boat.

The Royal Navy seized a total of 870kg of crystal methamphetamine on board. Britain's National Crime Agency estimates the drug to have a wholesale value of around £15.5 million (about $17.1 million), according to Sky News.

This is the fifth time that forces from HMS Montrose have raided and seized the drug shipment this year. According to The Telegraph, this is the largest consignment of methamphetamine seized by the Royal Navy during the operation in the Arabian Sea.

Claire The Commanding Officer of HMS Montrose said the arrest was a blow to criminal and terrorist gangs who use drugs as a source of money for their operations.

"Disrupting terrorist organisations, criminals and their lines of funding is essential to keeping the UK and the rest of the world safe," said Claire Thompson.

HMS Montrose has been deployed in the Middle East since 2019. So far, this vessel has seized over USD 52 million worth of drugs and 2 shipments of illegal weapons.

Info Source : The Telegraph, BBC News

Drug trafficking : Royal Navy seizes methamphetamine crystals worth $17M in the Arabian Sea

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