The USS Laboon intercepted a small vessel in international waters that was carrying nearly six hundred pounds of heroin while conducting maritime security operations as a part of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces in the Arabian Sea.

The small vessel was considered “stateless” in that it carried no national registration or flag to indicate its country of origin, prompting the Laboon to conduct a standard inspection of the vessel.  It was during said inspection that the heroin was discovered below the deck of the ship.

“Keeping these drugs off the street helps everyone, and keeps money from those who use the profits for harm,” said Commander Jason Labott, the Laboon’s commanding officer.

Intercepting the vessel was an international effort, led by the USS Laboon but aided in large part by Royal Navy vessels from the U.K. under the command of the Royal Canadian Navy.