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Royal Navy seized more than a tonne of heroin

A Royal Navy officer with the haul
A Royal Navy officer with the haul

More than a tonne of heroin has been seized in a Royal Navy led operation.

The heroin was being transported across the Indian Ocean to East Africa and the massive bust resulted in a haul of an estimated £160million worth of drugs.

Operation Shirikisho targeted four fishing boats heading to East Africa and stopped the high-grade drug reaching the continent and then Europe.

Boats and helicopters were deployed during the operation and both the French and Australian Navy were heavily involved in the seizure.

After the illicit cargo was recovered it was lined up on a warship before it was taken away to be destroyed.

Commander of combined task force, Commodore Guy Robinson said: 'This has been a highly successful operation to prevent a very significant amount of heroin from reaching the shores of Europe.

"It is also an excellent example of the impressive co-operation across CMF contributing-nations, at sea, in the air and ashore. We will continue to tackle this menace whenever, and wherever we can."