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Air Force helps Indian Ocean heroin bust

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/05/2017
A crew member looks out an observation window aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion. © Reuters/Richard Polden A crew member looks out an observation window aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion.

The New Zealand Defence Force has helped during the bust of 250 kilograms of heroin on the Indian Ocean.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft spotted a suspect vessel while patrolling the Indian Ocean.

The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta then intercepted the vessel off the coast of Tanzania on Wednesday and found the heroin stash.

The total amount of illegal drugs the NZDF has helped seize is around $400 million in two weeks.

Earlier this month, the Orion spotted two vessels in the Indian Ocean that were trafficking 400kg of heroin worth about $220 million bound for Africa and Europe which was then intercepted by a French ship.

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