ROYAL Navy warship HMS Dragon seized over 2,000kgs of hash worth millions in a huge drugs bust, it was yesterday announced.
The Type 45 Destroyer conducted the raid last week – their sixth major narcotics haul in three months.
HMS Dragon delt another blow to the drugs trade after seizing more than 2,000kg of hash[/caption]
In total HMS Dragon and her crew captured 101 bags of hash worth over £6m while on patrol in the Indian Ocean.
It is feared the sale of the drugs could have financed terror groups.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The outstanding work of HMS Dragon’s crew continues to be a credit to Britain and its Armed Forces.
“These significant seizures stop cash flow to terrorists, hurt criminal gangs who fund them and hinder the supply of harmful drugs to streets around the world, including Britain.”
The suspect vessel was spotted by the warship’s Wildcat helicopter during a night-time sortie.
After closing in on the dhow – a local fishing boat – HMS Dragon decided to investigate further.
Two fast boats carrying raiding parties were launched and after a night-long search the drugs stash was found.
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Lieutenant Jonathan Bennett, the officer in charge of the Royal Navy boarding team, said: “After HMS Dragon tracked the dhow overnight, the boarding teams worked hard to search for the narcotics and were able to seize 101 bags of hashish.
“The efforts of the boarding team in difficult conditions allowed the process to be quick and efficient, and we’re thrilled HMS Dragon scored her sixth drugs bust of the deployment.”
The ship is currently operating in support of Combined Task Force 150 – a multinational group which works to disrupt piracy, drug smuggling and terrorism in the Gulf.
The Portsmouth-based warship seized 101 bags of hash while on patrol in the Indian Ocean[/caption]
The sale of the huge amount of drugs is feared to be have been to finance terror groups[/caption]
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