Halifax-based warship HMCS Toronto intercepts drug shipment off African coast

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HALIFAX - A Canadian warship based in Halifax has seized a narcotics shipment while on patrol in the Indian Ocean.

Members of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto's Naval Boarding Party board a suspected drug-smuggling vessel while the CH-124 Sea King helicopter provides additional security, in the Arabian Sea region, on January 17, 2014.

A press release from the Department of National Defence states that HMCS Toronto intercepted a vessel off the coast of Tanzania Friday. Crew members boarded the suspect ship and found 265 bags of heroin weighing more than 280 kilograms.

The drugs were documented and then “disposed of,” according to the release.

It’s HMCS Toronto’s ninth interception of a shipment of drugs during its current patrol as part of the counter-terrorism operation ARTEMIS in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.

The release states the ship and crew have recovered about 8.5 metric tonnes of narcotics so far.

HMCS Toronto has been part of operation ARTEMIS since last February.

Organizations: Department of National Defence

Geographic location: Tanzania, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean

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