HMAS Ballarat tallies four drug busts in three days in Middle East

Image: Australian Defence Force
Image: Australian Defence Force

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized another four illicit drug shipments in three days while deployed to the Middle East region.

The four boardings took place from June 2 to 5 as the frigate conducted a routine patrol in the Arabian Sea in support of the Combined Maritime Forces.

The drug seizures included a large quantity of hashish and illegal narcotics weighing a combined total of 5.8 tonnes or a haul similar in size to five family-sized motor vehicles.

The suspicious vessels, known as dhows, were believed to be engaging in illegal activity when Ballarat‘s crew¬†conducted the boardings under the authority of Combined Task Force 150.

The recent hauls now brings the total number of seizures by Ballarat to 14 during its nine-month deployment to the region that began in October 2018.

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