French Navy Seizes Four Tonnes of Drugs in the Arabian Sea

Last Updated: January 03, 2023, 07:44 IST

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The French frigate Guepratte spotted the unflagged boat on December 27 and seized half a tonne of heroin off it (Image: Reuters)

The estimated value of the seized drugs is 50 million euros

The French navy seized nearly half a tonne of heroin and 3.5 tonnes of cannabis resin when it intercepted an unflagged boat in the Arabian Sea, it said Monday.

It seized the drugs with an estimated value of 50 million euros after its frigate Guepratte spotted the dhow on December 27, the Indian Ocean Maritime Command said in a statement.

Part of the illegal drugs shipment was “probably intended for the European market”, said the command based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The French ship was operating as part of the multinational mission Naval Task Force 150 aimed at strengthening regional security and combating illicit trafficking.

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