Terrorists lose out on heroin moneyOctober 21, 2013
Time to salute the crew of the Toronto, which has once again carried out a major drug bust on the high seas. Most likely, profits from the heroin sales would have inured to the benefit of the Taliban.
Heroin seized by Canadian warship linked to terrorist groups: commander
A commander on board a Canadian warship that seized more than 180 kilograms of heroin says the drug came from suppliers in the Middle East and is linked to terrorist groups.
HMCS Toronto Cmdr. Matthew Bowen said the drugs were destined for recipients in Africa, and would have funded “extremist elements.”
He said the drugs likely have ties to terrorist organizations with connections to Afghanistan.
“We have information that leads us to believe (the heroin) is definitely linked to terrorist organizations,” Bowen told CTV News on Sunday.
The massive drug bust took place approximately 800 kilometres east of the Horn of Africa. Crew members of the HMCS Toronto boarded a suspected smuggling ship and seized 154 bags of heroin.
Bowen said the operation went “smoothly.”
“Once (the smuggling ships) are confronted with a very large helicopter, a significant and well-armed boarding party that clearly knows their tactics, knows how to look after security with again, a very large warship in the background, they don’t tend to give us any trouble.”
The 258-crew frigate, which was on patrol in the Arabian Sea, is part of a multinational counter-terrorism effort.
Bowen said his crew has achieved its goal and they will not be pursuing the “middle men” involved in the drug operation.
“Once we have the drugs in our possession and we dispose of them, we’ve achieved the goal of what we want to do, which is to deny terrorist organizations the funding that comes from being involved in these kinds of smuggling operations,” he said…