On April 11, French frigate La Fayette seized more than 400kg of heroin. Under operational control of the commander of the Indian Ocean Maritime Zone, Rear Admiral Piaton, the frigate has been deployed since the end of March in direct support of Combined Task Force 150, a naval task force fighting the terrorist networks in the Indian Ocean.
Thanks to the daily intelligence work carried out by the Alindien staff and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a dhow suspected of trafficking in drugs was identified and prosecuted by La Fayette to conduct a visit operation.
On April 11, early in the morning, the La Fayette helicopter located the dhow. After the VHF interrogations, the visiting team boarded and conducted a flag survey. The results of this investigation led to a visit that quickly led to the discovery of suspicious bales in the dhow’s water cistern. More than 400 bales weighing about a kilo were finally seized on the dhow, a catch with a market value estimated at around 80 million euros.
Ordered by Alindien in his capacity as delegate of the Government for the action of the State at sea, the crew of the frigate was charged with the destruction of this seizure, under the responsibility of its commander.
Only days after anti-submarine frigate Jean de Vienne, the sailors of La Fayette, in turn contribute to fight against the scourge of drugs, but also to reduce the sources of funding mafia networks or terrorists in the Indian Ocean .