Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenya: Australian Navy SeizesU.S. $290 Million Heroin Shipment Off Kenyan Coast

The Australian Navy seized 46 sacks of heroin valued at $290 million (25 billion shillings) from a ship traveling off the coast of Kenya, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported Friday (April 25th).

The crew of the HMAS Darwin boarded the suspicious sailing boat and discovered the drugs hidden among bags of cement.

"These drugs have now been seized and are about to be destroyed," commander Terry Morrison said. "It is well known that these drugs assist terrorist organisations through funding so that they can conduct violent acts."

The Darwin is deployed in Horn of Africa as part of Operation Slipper, the Australian contribution to international efforts to curb terrorism, smuggling and piracy in the Middle East maritime environment.

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