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UK-Australian navies make largest ever heroin bust

Published on Apr 26, 2014 4:42 AM

LONDON (AFP) - A joint operation by the British and Australian navies has seized the largest ever haul of heroin at sea, weighing 1,032 kilogrammes, the Ministry of Defence in London said Friday.

The drugs, with an estimated British street value of more than £140 million (S$295 million), were found on a dhow, or sailboat, some 48 kilometres off the coast of east Africa near Kenya and Tanzania.

Commodore Jeremy Blunden, the British Royal Navy commander in charge of the operation, said the seizure was a "significant blow" to drug trafficking networks.

It was made as part of an international operation against drug smuggling in the Indian Ocean, which helps fund organisations such as Al-Qaeda.

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