Tons of Hashish Busted in the Arabian Sea

Have you ever heard of the international patrols around the coast of Somalia? For years we know that they protect trading ships from the pirates. However, it’s not all they do. Another part of their job is to do surveillance and hunt down drug smugglers, who are unlucky to pass the area. In order to maintain a strong control over the Arabian Sea, many authorities cooperate in various missions to ensure success. It seems that all their efforts started to bear fruits, because last year one of the biggest hashish busts took place in the area.

A Story of Hashish Pursuit

On the 6th of October 2014 a dhow (a sailboat that is popular mainly among Arab merchants), which was heading from Arabian Sea to Horn of Africa, was tailed by some of the international patrol teams. A small New Zealand search plane and an Australian frigate joined forces to trace the suspicious boat and board it. In four long days of constant pursuit the hunters have finally reached their prey. Shockingly, they found nearly 5.59 metric tons of hashish once they’ve boarded the dhow. The honors from this successful operation went to CTF-150, abbreviation from Combined Task Force 150. As part of the Combined Maritime Forces, this task force was originally created to fight piracy, but in fact is far more occupied with hashish smugglers than anything else. The bust was one of first distinguished achievement of the commodore Sajid Mahmood and his men, who took command of CFT-150 in August.

Two in a Row

Surprisingly, just 2 weeks before the major hit on the dhow there was another epic operation against hashish smugglers. Another international organization, namely the Coalition Naval Forces, succeed in the seizure of 5.36 metric tons of hashish. The bust took place in Arabian Sea as well. The whole thing was a huge win and resulted in more than 10 arrests after the boat was tracked without any complications. With these well conducted operations and efforts to stop the traffic of hashish, the international patrols hit a milestone in their cooperation as the results are proof enough.

Natalie