, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – Australian Navy sailors patrolling the coast of Africa have seized more than 1 tonne of heroin on a suspicious sailing boat.
The Navy estimates the street value of the heroin at $290 million (over Sh20bn).
Crew from HMAS Darwin boarded the wooden boat east of Kenya and discovered 46 sacks of heroin hidden among bags of cement.
The Navy says the drugs from the dhow were taken aboard HMAS Darwin.
The ship’s commander Terry Morrison says the heroin seizure will put a dent in terrorist funding networks.
“These drugs have now been seized and are about to be destroyed,” he said.
“It’s well known that these drugs assist terrorist organisations through funding so that they can conduct violent acts.
“Today [HMAS] Darwin is proud to be able to remove these drugs from that funding stream.”
The Navy ship is currently deployed on Operation Slipper.
It is part of the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, smuggling and piracy in the Middle East maritime security environment.
This area of operation encompasses an area of more than 2 million square miles including the Indian Ocean.