First Published Sep 1, 2022, 7:55 PM IST
Riyadh: A special task force of the Saudi Royal Navy has captured a boat that was smuggling drugs in the Gulf of Oman. 3,330 kg of hashish and heroin were seized during the inspection conducted by stopping the boat.
A collection of drugs estimated to be worth more than two million dollars was seized. The task force, which has been patrolling the sea since 2018, has foiled several drug smuggling attempts in the past. In the first operation conducted in October 2020, more than 450 kg of the drug known as crystal meth was seized. Two more operations were performed in November of that year. In the first operation, the boat was intercepted and 1,579 kg of hashish and in the second operation, 456 kg of amphetamine and 364 kg of heroin were seized from the boat. Two drug raids were conducted in the Arabian Sea in December as well. In the first operation, 910 kg of hashish, 182 kg of amphetamine and 272 kg of heroin were seized in the second operation.
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The task force is engaged in a maritime area of 20 million square meters comprising the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.
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The task forces are tasked with combating terrorism, preventing human trafficking, drug trafficking, arms smuggling, ensuring free maritime traffic, and global trade security in these areas, which are at the heart of global trade and the lifeblood of the world economy.
Last Updated Sep 1, 2022, 8:00 PM IST