Canadian Navy Crew Seizes $150M Worth Heroin in a ‘Peaceful’ Bust

A crew of Canadian navy was overjoyed with victory after making one of the largest heroin seizures ever on the high seas on Friday, as it intercepted and inspected a boat that contained between $150-million and $250-million worth of drugs on the Indian Ocean. A statement from The Department of National Defence confirmed that the HMCS Toronto has seized almost 500 kilograms of heroin that was being transported through a boat on Friday. The precise location of the incident has been kept a secret, as it was part of a Canadian Forces counter-terrorism operation.

The commanding officer of HMCS Toronto, Cmdr. David Patchell, elucidated to several media sources on Monday that the drug bust took place peacefully because a team boarded the small vessel in an “aggressive and safe” manner. Patchell alleged that “you could see a lot smiles on the faces of the crew here on board Toronto as a lot of their hard work and years of training paid off.”

The suspicious boat was tagged on late Thursday night after a naval helicopter, codenamed Raptor after Toronto’s basketball team, identified a suspicious fishing boat in the water. Patchell explains that fishing vessels, called dhows, are commonly used in the region for carrying drugs. A well-equipped team boarded the vessel on Friday morning and began the search. Patchell stated that “very early on in the boarding, we got the reports back that they found one or two suspicious packages,” and he added that it “didn’t take too long before three packages turned into 500 packages of heroin.”

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