Royal Navy warship seizes £9m of heroin


Heroin with an estimated £9m street value has been seized by a Royal Navy warship in the Gulf.

Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon has seized 49kg of heroin – her fifth drugs bust in three months in the Gulf.

The Portsmouth-based ship made the seizure as she returned to maritime security operations on the notorious drug smuggling route known as the ‘Hash Highway.’

The Class-A drugs, which have been destroyed, would have had a street value of £9m and the sale of these drugs is a known source of funding for terrorist organisations and criminal networks.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been in the Gulf region this week to sign an historic Joint Defence Agreement with Oman.

He said: “Heroin destroys lives but, thanks to the tireless work of HMS Dragon’s crew, these criminals will not be distributing this poison and will instead face justice.

“These drugs would have had a wide distribution network across the globe, highlighting exactly why we are committed to the region – because Gulf security is our security.”