HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the Middle East

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HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the Middle East (0.54 mins)

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea. The seizures, including approximately 2.5 tonnes of hashish and 135kg of heroin, were discovered in two vessels suspected of illegal activity on 5 and 7 May 2019. The vessels, known as dhows, were exhibiting signs of suspicious activity and were subsequently boarded and inspected by the crew of HMAS Ballarat. The two seizures brings the total number of narcotics interdictions by HMAS Ballarat to nine over the period of her current deployment. Since her departure from Australia in October 2018, Ballarat has seized over 9 tonnes of hashish and approximately 1.4 tonnes of heroin, to the total estimated value of AUD$900 million*. Currently deployed on Operation Manitou, Ballarat is the 67th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy vessel to the region since 1990. Operation Manitou is the Australian Government's contribution to international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region. *Note: This calculation is based on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Illicit Drug Data Report 2015–16 figures for Cannabis Resin (Hashish) @ AUD$50,000 per kilo (p215) and Heroin @ AUD$300,000 per kilo (p216).

Publish Date 13 May 2019
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