Canadian ship seizes 132 kg of heroin in Indian Ocean

HMCS Regina crew members catalogue and destroy 132 kg of seized heroin on the ship's quarterdeck...

HMCS Regina crew members catalogue and destroy 132 kg of seized heroin on the ship's quarterdeck off the coast of Africa on March 31, 2014. (Cpl Michael Bastien/MARPAC Imaging Services)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

The Canadian Navy has successfully intercepted another big shipment of heroin.

HMCS Regina uncovered 132 kg of heroin when it raided a sailboat off the east coast of Africa on March 31, the Department of National Defence said Thursday.

The ship was in the region as part of Operation Artemis, which is Canada's contribution to a multinational maritime security and counter-terrorism operation in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman.

The seizure was the first for HMCS Regina but the tenth for the operation, which to date has recovered approximately 8.5 tonnes of narcotics.

Canada's national defence minister, Rob Nicholson, offered his congratulations on the bust. "This successful drug seizure is a result of the patience and perseverance displayed by the ship's company," he said in a statement. "It is also a credit to our collective capability to work together with our combined task force's 150 partners to respond in a timely and effective manner to threats to maritime security and commerce in the region."


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