US Coast Guard seize drugs worth $20m from ship off Oman


A US Coast Guard vessel has seized more than three tonnes of drugs worth an estimated $20 million (73 million dirhams) from a small vessel in the Gulf of Oman.

While patrolling the area on Tuesday, a team of specialists aboard the USCGC Glen Harris intercepted the boat loaded with 2,980 kg of hashish and 320 kg of amphetamine tablets.

The transport was discovered during operations in support of Combined Task Force 150, a multinational coalition.

Led by the Royal Saudi Navy, CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations in the Gulf of Oman and the North Arabian Sea to help prevent the illegal trade in drugs and weapons and ensure the free flow of commerce .

“The results of by Glen Harris success is a testament to the professionalism and determination of the crew,” said Lt Cmdr Reginald Reynolds, commanding officer of the Glen Harris.

“I am proud of our team’s commitment to combating illicit activities on the high seas and promoting security and stability in the region. »

In May, during a similar patrol, the US Coast Guard intercepted another fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman, seizing 11 million dollars (40 million dirhams) worth of heroin.

Updated: August 31, 2022, 1:40 p.m.


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