Navy seizes $250m in narcotics

HMAS Darwin, featuring a Seahawk helicopter from HMAS Albatross, has struck again against drug smugglers, intercepting another vessel in the Arabian Sea, securing $250 million worth of narcotics.

BIG LOAD: Over six tons of hashish seized during a recent boarding placed on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin, prior to destruction. The hashish was contained in 306 hessian bags each containing approximately 20 kilogram coffee bags, a sample of which can be seen on top. 	Photo: SARAH WILLIAMS

BIG LOAD: Over six tons of hashish seized during a recent boarding placed on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin, prior to destruction. The hashish was contained in 306 hessian bags each containing approximately 20 kilogram coffee bags, a sample of which can be seen on top. Photo: SARAH WILLIAMS

Darwin’s crew seized more than 6.2 tonnes of narcotics, with boarding parties locating 315 bags hidden onboard the dhow. 

Each bag contained between 20-21 kilograms of drugs.

A S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross is based onboard Darwin, and has played an active role in many of the drug busts the ship has secured, which totals more than 12 tonnes so far this deployment.

Darwin’s Commanding Officer, Commander Terry Morrison, said the removal of more than 6248kg of narcotics would have a significant impact on the funding of terrorist organisations.

“HMAS Darwin remains focused on countering terrorism and I am proud of the continued dedication and professionalism of the crew onboard Darwin and the role they play as part of the Combined Maritime Forces,” Commander Morrison said.

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