The U.S. Navy seized almost 900 pounds and $4 million worth of heroin as part of an international drug bust in the Arabian Sea.
Two naval ships, the USS Tempest and USS Typhoon, seized 385 kilograms, or 849 pounds of heroin, worth roughly $4 million in a Monday drug bust by an international drug force called the Combined Task Force, the Navy said in a press statement. The drugs were hidden in a fishing boat, described as a stateless boat, not recognized by any country.
"This latest seizure is a demonstration the CTF 50 and assigned surface and air assets are ready to conduct interdiction operations 365 days a year," said Brendon Clark, a Royal New Zealand Navy Captain and the commander of CTF 150, in a press statement.
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Navy Cmdr. Timothy Hawkins said that because the nine members of the fishing boat identified themselves as being of Iranian nationality, the boat most likely belonged to Iran.
"We were able to execute this interdiction safely and with precision due to the tireless efforts of all involved," Lt. Cmdr. Matt Intoccia, the commanding officer of Tempest, said in the Navy's statement. "I am proud of our collective contribution to regional stability and look forward to more opportunities for operational success."
Hawkins did not provide any details on who created the heroin or where it was supposed to end up.
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The crew of the fishing vessel was released, along with the vessel, after the task force seized the narcotics, according to the Navy's statement.
Throughout 2021, the drug task force has seized more than $193 million in illegal narcotics as part of drug bust operations, according to the Navy's statement.