The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon, operating under the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), has conducted the largest drugs haul in Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) history, seizing and destroying just shy of 10,000 kilograms of illegal narcotics from two dhows in Middle Eastern waters.
The seized hashish, if it had ended up being sold, would have fetched at least approximately £35 million (US$44.43 million) with the profits benefiting organised crime networks and terrorist organisations in the region.
The two drug busts were conducted less than 48 hours apart in rough weather.
Dragon will spend the period over Christmas at sea continuing to support CTF 150.
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