The NZ Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha has seized what it is believed to be $235 million dollars worth of heroin, in a drug bust upon the Indian Ocean. In total around $900 million dollars worth of heroin was captured in the combined NZ/Australian operation, which aims to put a stop towards piracy, people-trafficking and drug smuggling.
It was reported that the heroin smugglers were bound for Africa and eventually Europe, which would generate major societal and economic repercussions. It is known that one of the ways terrorist organisations raise money is through shipping illicit drugs through the region. Hence the seizure would contribute to international efforts to stem the flow of funds to terrorist groups. The bust was a huge achievement for the Te Kaha crew, as the fisherman carried the drugs in hidden compartments in an attempt to conceal their hidden agenda.
While New Zealand may be small, this mammoth effort highlights how we do play a crucial role in maintaining global security. While some of the heroine was collected for sampling, the rest was thrown overboard.
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