British warship seizes biggest meth haul in Arabian Sea

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Crew on board the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose prepare to board a ‘suspicious vessel’ during the operation. (Twitter pic/Royal Marines)

AFP

MANAMA: A British warship has seized more than 450kg of methamphetamines in the Arabian Sea, a record for the multi-national flotilla patrolling international waters around the Gulf.

Crew on board the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose confiscated the drugs from a “suspicious vessel” during a counter-narcotics operation, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) said in a statement on Wednesday.

“This has been the most successful counter-methamphetamine operation in CMF history,” Rear Admiral Suleiman Alfakeeh of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces said in the statement.

The CMF is a joint operation by some 33 nations to patrol international waters in the Middle East and keep open some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.