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Royal Marines storm ship and seize £11m ‘drug cartel’ haul on way to UK

Royal Marines stormed a 2.6-tonne drug haul with a street value of more than £11million.

During the ten-hour operation, British commandos seized a suspect ship that was based in the Arabian Sea.

The vessel was found to be carrying heroin, hashish and crystal methamphetamine.

Much of the money earned from the drugs cache is believed to have links to terrorism across the Middle East and the rest of Asia, writes The Mirror.

Troops on board Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose were on a counter-narcotics patrol when crew spotted the drug-smuggling ship.

2.4 tonnes of heroin, some of which thought to be destined fro the UK via European drugs cartels.

Yesterday Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said: “The Royal Navy and Royal Marines have once again proven their professionalism and operational capability in seizing illicit substances in transit.

“The Armed Forces are committed to tackling organised crime around the world. The Royal Navy works with our allies in the Coalition Task Force to protect our people and our interests.

“As a result of these operations, Britain’s streets are safer and a possible source of terrorist financing has been choked off.”

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It's thought the drugs were destroyed at sea and the crew allowed to leave the scene on board their ship as it was sailing in international waters.

HMS Montrose is part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a multi-national force of 33 nations currently led by the Royal Canadian Navy.

The CMF is working in the Gulf region to combat criminal and terrorist organisations and their activity.

HMS Montrose made a recent drugs bust in October last year, when sailors seized 450kg of methamphetamine, which had a wholesale value of £18m.

That haul was the largest ever seizure of methamphetamines by the Royal Navy in the Gulf.

A spokesperson for Combined Maritime Forces said: “The Royal Navy, working with the Combined Maritime Forces, has carried out another successful operation to stop illicit substances reaching Europe.

“This builds on the Royal Navy’s fantastic work in the Caribbean during the hurricane season, where £360 million worth of drugs were seized across an eight-month period.”

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