A U.S. Coast Guard cutter seized an estimated $48 million in illicit drugs from a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman earlier this week, bringing an international maritime task force’s total to more than $300 million in drug busts so far this year.
The fast response cutter Glen Harris seized 11,023 pounds of hashish and about 1,764 pounds of methamphetamine Monday from the vessel, which was in international waters, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet said in a statement Tuesday.
Glen Harris is part of the Saudi-led Combined Task Force 150, one of four under the Combined Maritime Forces. CTF 150 conducts maritime security operations in the gulfs of Oman and Aden, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, according to the task force website.