MUSCAT: HMS Dragon, a British Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer, seized 3,048 kg of hashish from a dhow “acting suspiciously” in the Indian Ocean, in an area known as ‘The Hash Highway’.
Deploying both the Royal Naval and Royal Marine boarding teams to ensure crew safety and facilitate the technical search of the vessel, the team found 148 bags hidden in compartments around the dhow.
Lieutenant Laurie Williams RN (Deputy Marine Engineer and Royal Naval Boarding Officer) said: “During our initial search, it became apparent that there were a number of discrepancies with the dhow. This led to a search of the vessel, where my team managed to find drugs hidden within it.”
This brings the total of hashish seized by CMF warships in 2018 to 45,400 kg, the most in CMF history and almost a four-fold increase from 2017.