Canadian warship crew seizes $100M of heroin in Indian Ocean

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    A Canadian warship has made a major drug bust after intercepting a boat transporting approximately $100-million worth of drugs in the Indian Ocean.

    CBC news Posted: Mar 31, 2013 2:30 PM ET

    The Department of National Defence says HMCS Toronto seized around 500 kilograms of heroin from a boat on Friday. The exact location of the incident was undisclosed because it's part of an ongoing Canadian Forces counter-terrorism operation.


    HMCS Toronto's commanding officer told CBC News his first crew tracked the ship overnight, which was flying an unidentifiable flag, before boarding it.

    "Very quickly on we ascertained they were not being truthful about their mission, their voyage, so we continued on with a full search of the vessel and discovered the drugs," Cmdr. David Patchell said.

    The drugs were found in 500 bags after a naval boarding party searched the vessel.

    Patchell noted this as one of the largest heroin seizures on the seas and said a large portion of the world's narcotics originate in southwest Asia and "very possibly these drugs could have ended up on Canadian streets."

    Alexander told CBC News that Canadian and Australian vessels had been working together all week to interrupt drug trafficking in the Arabian Sea.

    "Several boats were hailed and board," he said, adding that the boat was likely carrying Afghan heroin destined for a port in Africa.

    The drugs seized by the crew was destroyed aboard the ship but a small sample has been kept for future investigations.

    Canada's naval ships have been patrolling the Indian Ocean and Horn of Africa since the September 11 attacks.

    HMCS Toronto left Halifax in January. It is currently part of a international naval task force patrolling the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.

    "There's definitely a link between these narcotics and terrorism and by stopping narcotics on the high seas, especially in this quantity, we know that the financial nodes of terrorism are being attacked," said Patchell.
     
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    HMCS Toronto (FFH 333)
    Career (Canada)
    Namesake: Toronto, Ontario
    Builder: Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John
    Laid down: 22 April 1989
    Launched: 18 December 1990
    Commissioned: 29 July 1993
    Homeport: CFB Halifax
    Motto: "Excellence with Vigour"
    Honours and
    awards: Gulf of St Lawrence, 1944
    Status: Active in service
    Badge: Azure,a mural crown argent,masoned sable,surmounted by a beaver proper holding in the dexter paw,a marlin spike or.
    General characteristics
    Class & type: Halifax-class-frigate
    Displacement: 3,995 tonnes (light)
    4,795 tonnes (operational)
    5,032 tonnes (deep load)
    Length: 134.2 m
    Beam: 16.5 m
    Draught: 7.1 m
    Propulsion: 2 × LM2500 Gas turbines
    1 × SEMT Pielstick Diesel engine
    Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
    Range: 9,500 nautical miles (17,595 km)
    Complement: 225 (including air detachment)
    Armament: 24 × Honeywell Mk 46 torpedoes
    16 × Evolved Sea-Sparrow SAM
    8 × RGM-84 Harpoon SSM
    1 × 57 mm Bofors Mk3 gun
    1 × 20 mm Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
    6 × .50 Caliber machine guns
    Aircraft carried: 1 × CH-124 Sea King
     
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    Even so, what authority is invoked for such an operation in the India Ocean?
     

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