Officials in the Seychelles have nabbed nearly 100 kilograms of heroin and other opiate-based substances believed to be Tanzania-bound.
The Iranian fishing boat was halted in a hail of bullets and seized by the Seychelles Coast Guard and the National Drugs Enforcement Agency (NDEA) on Saturday, April 16.
“We understand that the boat was headed for Tanzania,” says NDEA deputy chief officer Liam Quinn, speaking to the Seychelles News Agency.
“There was hundreds of metres of fishing lines but there was no evidence that they had ever been used,” says Quinn, who says the bust is the largest ever made in the Seychelles.
The 11 Iranian crew members are being questioned as the boat continues to be searched.
Over a ton of heroin has been seized by various naval forces patrolling the Indian Ocean in recent years.