French frigate Nivose seizes half a ton of drugs off Mozambique


The French frigate Nivose has seized 444 kg of methamphetamine and heroin valued at more than 40 million euros off the coast of Mozambique.

This is according to the Forces Armées de la Zone Sud de l’Océan Indien (FAZSOI – Armed Forces in the Southern Indian Ocean), which said the bust occurred on 24 January.

The frigate noticed a suspicious dhow and boarded the vessel after a Panther helicopter was dispatched to flag down the vessel, which was sailing unregistered.

“Faced with this discovery, the Prefect of Reunion, government delegate for State action at sea in the southern maritime zone of the Indian Ocean…decided, in conjunction with the public prosecutor of Saint-Denis, to implement a procedure of dissociation and seizure of the narcotics. The weighing, carried out on board the frigate at the end of the night, tallied a total 417 kilograms of methamphetamines and 27 of heroin,” FAZSOI said.

After the seizure, the Nivose resumed patrols in the Mozambique Channel.