US Navy cruiser interdicts US$2.8 millions of illicit drugs in North Arabian Sea

A shipment of more than 275 kg of heroin was seized.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), deployed to U.S. Fifth Fleet and operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), interdicted a shipment of more than 275 kg of suspected narcotics from a dhow in the international waters of the North Arabian Sea, 30 January.

Seven bags of suspected narcotics were seized and tested, resulting in a seizure of approximately 275 kg of suspected heroin, worth US$2.89 million wholesale. This seizure, conducted in direct support of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, marks the seventh CMF drug seizure since October 2020.

To mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, the boarding team undertook carefully executed precautionary measures during and after the boarding, to include decontamination of all seized contraband.

CTF-150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Arabian Gulf to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations, ensuring legitimate commercial shipping can transit the region, free from non-state threats. CTF-150 is currently commanded by the Royal Canadian Navy, now leading the task force for a fifth time.

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