A day-long search by the Portsmouth-based warship’s boarding teams ended in success with 11 bags of crystal meth discovered – worth an estimated £3.3m had they made it to the streets of the UK,

...the Royal navy announced.

HMS Defender’s success came thanks to the alertness of its helicopter crew during a dawn patrol over the northern Arabian Sea.

Their Wildcat located a solo dhow not flying any flag or showing any evidence that it was carrying out any fishing.

That prompted the destroyer to investigate, sending Royal Marines across in sea boats to secure the dhow and its crew, and Royal Navy sailors to conduct a thorough search of the vessel while the Wildcat hovered overhead to provide protection.

The sailors located 11 mail-bag-sized sacks, some weighing up to 15-20 kilograms and suspected of containing crystal methamphetamines. The total haul was 131 kg.

Thanks to HMS Defender and her crew, these drugs will be kept off the streets and the criminal gangs behind this poisonous trade will have suffered financially,

...Armed Forces Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said.


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