HMCS Toronto made what the Department of National Defence is calling "an important drug seizure" in the Arabian Sea Saturday.
It says the ship "intercepted and boarded a suspected smuggling vessel approximately 500 nautical miles (800 km) east of the Horn of Africa, and discovered 154 bags of heroin weighing more than 180 kilograms. The illicit narcotics were then catalogued and later destroyed, thus ensuring they would not reach their intended recipients."
To date, HMCS Toronto has recovered approximately 7800 kgs of narcotics.
"I'm extremely proud of the work Toronto's team, and all those on whom we rely for support, have done to achieve this success," said Commander Matthew Bowen. "A positive outcome like this, seizing and disposing of illegal narcotics whose sale would have funded extremist groups, is a big win for Canada's counter-terrorism efforts."
On March 29, a massive narcotics shipment in the Indian Ocean was disrupted, when the ship's naval boarding team recovered approximately 500 kg of heroin, while another bust on May 30 recovered approximately 5950 kg of hashish.