HMS Montrose intercepted drug smugglers on the infamous Hashish Highway
A Royal Navy warship from Plymouth and Royal Marines have stopped another £6m worth of drugs from hitting the streets, thanks to a huge two-day operation in the Gulf of Oman.
Type 23 Frigate HMS Montrose has been busy patrolling the Strait of Hormuz, to safeguard shipping in the region, after attacks by Iran.
An RN spokesperson said: “Sailors and Royal Marines bagged more than a tonne of cannabis when they intercepted drug smugglers on the infamous Hashish Highway.
“The team from HMS Montrose recovered bales of hash from the waters of the Gulf of Oman – then found a secret narcotics cache hidden aboard a dhow during a two-day operation which resulted in a haul worth more than £6m on the streets of the UK being seized by the Royal Navy frigate.
“It’s the second haul of hashish seized by the Royal Navy in three weeks; HMS Defender captured two and a half tonnes of the drug. And it’s the second success for HMS Montrose, which intercepted a cargo of crystal meth and heroin in October worth around £1m.”
Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said: “This seizure is another impressive demonstration of the Royal Navy’s vital work around the world,” said