Over $1 billion of narcotics seized by HMAS Ballarat on Operation Manitou

May 29, 2019 – HMAS Ballarat has stopped illegal narcotics in excess of AUD$1 billion from funding terrorism and other illegal activity. The Australian Navy frigate recently seized over 12.9 tonnes of hashish, 1.4 tonnes of heroin and a small amount of methyl amphetamines, with a combined worth of AUD$1.073 billion*. The combined hauls were confiscated in 10 separate seizure operations, with the latest occurring on 10 May 2019. During this seizure, the boarding team took custody of over three tonnes of hashish with an estimated street value of AUD$53…

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HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the Middle East

May 13, 2019 – HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea. The seizures, including approximately 2.5 tonnes of hashish and 135kg of heroin, were discovered in two vessels suspected of illegal activity on 5 and 7 May 2019. The vessels, known as dhows, were exhibiting signs of suspicious activity and were subsequently boarded and inspected by the crew of HMAS Ballarat. Commanding Officer HMAS Ballarat, Commander Paul Johnson, said the seizure was indicative of a highly…

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