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USD 268M heroin haul not linked to Kenya

28 April 2014, 18:25

Nairobi - The Australian High Commission said the seizure of a record tonne of heroin on board a vessel in the Indian Ocean off Kenya highlighted the two countries’ improved cooperation.

This follows the recent seizure by Australian ship HMAS Darwin of 1,032 kilograms of heroin from a dhow on the high seas east of Kenya last week.

“The seizure highlights areas of improved cooperation with Kenya, both through the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) under which Australia operates and directly with Kenyan authorities,” the Australian High Commission stated on Monday.

It said the CMF will continue to engage with Kenyan authorities about CMF operations. Meanwhile, the Commission issued an update regarding the seizure.

According to the Commission the seizure took place in international waters, no Australian asset entered Kenya’s territorial waters, Australia currently has no information that links this incident to Kenya and the reference to Kenya in the Australian media release was to provide background geographical information only.

The Commission added the dhow was deemed stateless, HMAS Darwin is currently deployed on patrol under tasking to the Combined CMF Forces and the UK led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 and the Commission had no involvement in the operation.

“This operation was undertaken by the crew of HMAS Darwin, but it was an international operation under the command of the CMF and CTF150.”

The record tonne of heroin had a street value of more than $289 million. The record haul of 1032 kilograms was discovered approximately 27 nautical miles east of Mombasa.

The seizure is expected to put a significant dent in terrorists' funding networks.

– CAJ News

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