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French Heroin Seizure Adds to Massive Haul for Combined Task Force

French Marine Nationale destroyer Jean de Vienne secured their second drug seizure this year in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 on March 25. A total of 1,160 pounds of heroin was seized during an operation in the international waters of the Arabian Sea. Jean de Vienne’s seizure is the tenth for CTF150 since January this year, which together with Her Majesty’s Australian Ship Warramunga and Pakistani Naval Ship Aslat totals in excess of 22 tons of narcotics seized.

The Jean de Vienne’s Lynx helicopter was conducting routine surveillance in the international waters of the Arabian Sea as part of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). Detecting a vessel of interest, the Jean de Vienne tracked the dhow to investigate further and determined the vessel was suspicious. Boarding teams from Jean de Vienne then conducted a non-destructive search of the vessel and found 20 bags of heroin weighing a total of 1,160 pounds, a street value of over $120 million. After a thorough search, the illegal narcotics were recorded and transferred to Jean de Vienne for safe destruction at sea.

The Combined Maritime Forces Office of Public Affairs said that this year multinational assets in support of CTF150 have seized over 22 tons of hashish and over 2 tons of heroin, with a street value in excess of $1.6 billion. This is the tenth confiscation of drugs in 2018 by CTF 150, currently under Australian leadership, with a combined Australian and Canadian staff and supported by assets from a cross-section of the 32 partner nations that form CMF.

Read more at U.S. 5th Fleet

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