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Australian warship seizes eight tonnes of hashish worth $325 million

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HMAS Warramunga
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An Australian warship has seized almost eight tonnes of hashish in the Arabian Sea, with the defence department estimating its street value at Aus$415 million ($325 million).

HMAS Warramunga has also confiscated 69 kilogrammes of heroin during maritime security manoeuvres in the area over the past three days.

"The crew prepared extensively for a task like this and we were able to employ our helicopter and boarding crews to locate and board three suspect vessels," the ship's commanding officer Dugald Clelland said.

"A thorough search by the boarding parties uncovered a large quantity of hashish and heroin intended for distribution around the world."

The drugs will be disposed of at sea.

The HMAS Warramunga is part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) naval partnership in which 30 nations patrol 2.5 million square miles of international waters.


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