Plymouth naval ship in £5.4 million drugs haul

Royal Navy frigate HMS Northumberland has intercepted two high speed drug smuggling skiffs in the Gulf of Oman, carrying an estimated £5.4m of cannabis resin.

Having identified two suspicious high speed skiffs during a routine patrol, the Plymouth-based frigate embarked on a 30 mile pursuit and intercepted the skiffs with her Merlin helicopter and combined Royal Navy and Marine boarding teams.

The pursuing teams witnessed approximately 60 bales being thrown overboard. Seven of the bales were subsequently recovered by HMS Northumberland’s sea boat and Merlin helicopter and found to contain pure cannabis resin. Almost 1,500kg was thrown overboard, worth around £5.4 million.