SunLive – Kiwi-led drug operation seizes $ 2.59 million worth of hashish

The Royal New Zealand Navy-led anti-narcotics operation outside the Persian Gulf has made a second major drug seizure in a week.

The French Navy frigate FS Languedoc, operating in support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) led by Kiwi, carried out a second interception on Monday of a ship in the Indian Ocean.

This resulted in the confiscation of 3,600 kilograms of hashish, worth US $ 1.8 million (NZ $ 2.59 million).

It follows its interception and search of another vessel seven days earlier, when the frigate seized more than 1,525 kilograms of hashish and 166 kilograms of methamphetamine with a combined value of more than 5.2 million dollars. dollars.

Royal New Zealand Navy Captain Brendon Clark said that with the decline of the southwest monsoon season, the CTF-150 is seeing an increase in drug trafficking in the CMF area of ​​operations.

“For the second time in a week, the French frigate Languedoc has demonstrated its expertise and professionalism by seizing a significant volume of narcotics that would otherwise have gone to the market, with the funds from the sale being used to finance terrorism and criminal activities . he says.

“The continued commitment and contribution of a French Navy frigate to CTF 150 ensures the success of the mission. “

Criminal and terrorist organizations use the proceeds from the sale of narcotics to procure arms, ammunition and equipment and to train in criminal and terrorist activities.

CTF 150 is one of the three CMF working groups. Its mission is to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations and their illicit activities, including the movement of people, weapons, drugs and charcoal.

CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations outside the Persian Gulf to ensure that legitimate commercial shipping can proceed freely.

CMF is a multinational maritime partnership of 34 nations.

It exists to maintain the rules-based international order by combating illicit non-state actors on the high seas and promoting security, stability and prosperity on the approximately 8.3 million square kilometers of international waters encompassing some of the pathways most important navigation systems in the world.

The multinational team led by New Zealand took command of Canada’s CTF 150 earlier this year. NZDF will command and staff CTF 150 until early 2022.

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