A US-led naval task force patrolling in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean has seized 270kg of heroin from a dhow. US Naval Forces Central Command said the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon had intercepted the dhow in an operation to verify its nation of origin. The boarding took place in international waters in the northern Arabian Sea on March 13th.
This is the second seizure of smuggled drugs by Combined Task Force 150 in less than two weeks. On March 2nd Australian navy frigate HMAS Arunta found 800kg of hashish on a dhow, also in the Arabian Sea.
Commander of the task force US Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan said that the latest drug hauls showed the value of the navies working together to increase maritime security.