Tenth interdiction for HMAS Warramunga

Image: LSIS Tom Gibson
Image: LSIS Tom Gibson

HMAS Warramunga’s crew has added to its record haul of narcotics after seizing 132 kilograms of heroin valued at almost AU$40 million (US$30 million) while patrolling international waters of the Arabian Sea on March 6.

The seizure was conducted following the detection of a suspect vessel operating in the area by Warramunga’s Seahawk Romeo helicopter.

The boarding party search uncovered 120 packages of heroin, each weighing about one kilogram.

It’s the 10th vessel interdicted overall since the Royal Australian Navy frigate deployed to the region in November as part of Operation Manitou.

The interceptions total 19.5 tonnes of hashish and more than 1.6 tonnes of heroin, valued at more than AU$1.47 billion.

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