20 October 2009

US Navy seizes 4 tons of hashish in Gulf of Aden

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. warship has seized about four tons of hashish being transported aboard a boat off the Horn of Africa.

The Navy's Fifth Fleet in Bahrain said on Tuesday that guided missile cruiser USS Anzio stopped the skiff after a brief chase in the Gulf of Aden.

Waters in the area are used by ships headed for the Suez Canal and are also infested by Somali pirates and smugglers. U.S. forces have dubbed the stretch of the Indian Ocean the "Hash Highway."

The Navy says the seizure occurred October 15, while the Anzio was leading a multinational anti-pirate task force in the region. It says the drugs have a street value of $28 million, and could have helped fund insurgents in Afghanistan.

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