Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Darwin Seizes 449 Kilograms of Heroin View post tag: Darwin HMAS Darwin Seizes 449 Kilograms of Heroin View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Heroin May 15, 2014 View post tag: 449 View post tag: Kilograms HMAS Darwin operating in the Indian Ocean in international waters, 40 nautical miles off the east coast of Somalia, intercepted a suspected drug smuggling dhow on 13 May 2014, seizing 449 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of $132 million dollars. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Seizes Darwin’s Commanding Officer, Commander Terry Morrison, said the seizure removed a major source of funding for terrorist and criminal networks which included Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Al-Shabaab.“I am very proud of the hard work and determination of the ship’s company in HMAS Darwin during a particularly long and challenging interdiction,” Commander Morrison said.“Due to the hard work of many previous ships deploying to this region, we have been very successful in intercepting illegal narcotics smuggling.”Darwin’s boarding party discovered the hidden drugs contained in 20 bags each weighing between 20 to 25 kilograms.As part of Operation SLIPPER, HMAS Darwin is deployed on patrol under tasking to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and the UK led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.Commander of Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations, Major General Craig Orme, said Australia’s commitment to the CMF contributed to the Indian Ocean’s security and the trade which flowed through it which was important to global, regional and Australian strategic interests.“HMAS Darwin has made a considerable impact on the drug smuggling networks operating in the Indian Ocean. This is an excellent outcome and highlights the good work being conducted by ADF members on Operation Slipper,” Major General Orme said.CTF 150 is responsible for enforcing maritime security in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions to counter terrorist acts and related illegal activities, which terrorists use to fund or conceal their movements.Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Jeremy Blunden of the Royal Navy, said the drug haul was the CMF’s seventh significant seizure this year.“The interception of heroin traffic is an important part of the work of the CMF as some of the profit from the trafficking of heroin goes to extremist and terrorist organisations,” Commodore Blunden said.The CMF works to defeat terrorism, prevent piracy, encourage regional engagement, reduce illegal trafficking of people and drugs, and promote the maritime environment as a safe place for mariners with legitimate business.HMAS Darwin has conducted several previous drug seizures including over 1 tonne of heroin with an estimated street value of $289 million dollars. HMAS Darwin is the 57th individual Royal Australian Navy ship deployment to the Middle East Area of operations since 1990.[mappress]Press Release, May 15, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval Share this article
BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – Checkers flew in Thursday’s first Stock Car qualifying features for Chris Mills and Jay Schmidt.Mills led every lap of the first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey‘s qualifier rescheduled from Wednesday and Schmidt used the same formula in the second show.Top four finishers from both qualifiers advance to Saturday’s main event at Boone Speedway.Mills held off David Brandies following three late restarts. Shaun Bruns and defending champion Dustin Larson rounded out the top four in the opener.Schmidt saw a big lead erased near midway, then pulled away from 16th starting Derek Green, two-time champion Randy Brands and 18th starting Abe Huls.Schmidt makes the 13th main event start of his Super Nationals career on Saturday while Brands is in for the sixth time.Larson is a five-time qualifier, Huls is in for the fourth time, Bruns and Green each for the third. Mills ran third in his Saturday night debut last September. Brandies qualified for the first time.1st qualifying feature – 1. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 2. David Brandies, Wilton; 3. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; 4. Dustin Larson, Rushmore, Minn.; 5. Trent Murphy, Jefferson; 6. David Smith, Lake City; 7. Kellie Schmit, Britt; 8. Shane Paris, Muscatine; 9. Terry Pruitt, Dexter; 10. Jeff Mueller, New London; 11. Bo Lundquist, Sioux City; 12. Corey Piffer, Indianola; 13. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay, Wis.; 14. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 15. Chris Pruitt, Stuart; 16. David Wickman, Emmetsburg; 17. Tony Schlei, Union Grove, Wis.; 18. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 19. J.J. Baumli, Lathrop, Mo.; 20. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 21. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan; 22. Brandon Taylor, Granbury, Texas; 23. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; 24. Blake Peeler, Trimble, Mo.; 25. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas; 26. Joe Brenner, Waukesha, Wis.; 27. Aaron Stolp, Milwaukee, Wis.; 28. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 29. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 30. Brandon Conkwright, Wamego, Kan.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 2. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 3. Randy Brands, Boyden; 4. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 5. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls, Wis.; 6. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 7. Jason VanSickel, Webster City; 8. Jason Schoenberger, Trenton, Mo.; 9. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 10. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas; 11. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; 12. Lance Deal, Fort Dodge; 13. Ryan Harris, Hubbard, Neb.; 14. K.C. Fielding, Burleson, Texas; 15. Jim Powell, Lecompton, Kan.; 16. Aaron Cain, Sioux City; 17. Greg Taylor, Sioux City; 18. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 19. Zach Ankrum, Sioux City; 20. Shane Stutzman, Milford, Neb.; 21. Hesston Shaw, Hennessey, Okla.; 22. Mathias Lux, Hartley; 23. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 24. Lynn Panos, Calmar; 25. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 26. Jason Minnehan, Churdan; 27. Michael Dancer, North Platte, Neb.; 28. Jerry Leary, Little Suamico, Wis.; 29. Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; 30. Kevin Rose, Waterloo. Jay Schmidt raced his way into his career 13th main event by winning his IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Stock Car qualifier on Thursday. (Photo by Matt Stubbe)
A 21-year-old mechanic will re-appear in court on Wednesday charged with kidnapping and buggering two boys last month.Magistrate Adia Mohammed denied bail to Joseph Kyle Nicholas, 21, who is also accused of driving without a driver’s permit or insurance, and possession of a firearm on April 28.He is also facing charges of common assault, robbery with aggravation, kidnapping, false imprisonment, sexual touching and the buggery of a 12-year-old boy.Nicholas is also accused of grievous sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery with aggravation, and buggery involving a boy in the community of Arima, on April 8.The court was told that he has a pending charge of robbery with aggravation dating to 2012, and details of this charge with be presented on Wednesday when Nicholas reappears in the Port of Spain Seventh Court.