Terror Tip Leads Canucks To Four Tons of Hash on Pak Sailboat

posted at 6:40 pm on February 28, 2008 by see-dubya

One to watch, because of the ties to “unnamed terrorist groups“:

A Canadian frigate deployed in the Arabian Sea seized almost four tonnes of hashish from a Pakistani vessel last week after receiving intelligence that the small fishing boat was linked to terrorist activities.

Lt.-Cmdr. Mike Davie of HMCS Charlottetown said Wednesday that about 20 crew members boarded the Al Moula Madad on Feb. 18 following a tip that the traditional sailing vessel was tied to unnamed terrorist groups.

One wonders whether the tip about the terror ties was bona fide. Another possibility is that these guys were plain old dope smugglers whose competitors figured that calling in a tip on them with a terror link would get quicker service. I’d like to hear which was the case, but Canada ain’t talking yet:

Davie, the ship’s executive officer, refused to reveal what terrorist groups the vessel might have been linked to or what kinds of activities they might have been engaged in….

The drug seizure was the largest for the coalition forces to date and the first one since a smaller operation in 2005.

Davie said crews of the fishing boats, known as dhows, have become sophisticated at hiding contraband and are being used increasingly to transport illegal goods.

Obviously it’s more important now to investigate this lead than to inform the press about it, but I’d like to hear more once they know something definite. It does, after all, fit a pattern. Just say no, kids.

Front page photo: Canadian Navy.

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Welp…., I’ll just put away my hookah pipe for now.

Kini on February 28, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Dizzam! That’s a lot of dope, right there.

NTWR on February 28, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Maybe an increase in the daily ration of hash grog is in the offing.

BL@KBIRD on February 28, 2008 at 6:57 PM

How do you call the Canadian Navy to make a tip? Do they have a hotline or something?

TexasDan on February 28, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Don’t let your guard down – remember where “assassin” comes from!

emailnuevo on February 28, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Canada has a navy?

29Victor on February 28, 2008 at 7:18 PM

A waste of good hash.

Dr. Manhattan on February 28, 2008 at 7:18 PM

They sent the Canuks because of their immunity to that B.C. Hydro they are accustom to. eh!

TheSitRep on February 28, 2008 at 7:51 PM

eek a mouse – Ganja Smuggling

The Race Card on February 28, 2008 at 7:58 PM

29Victor,

Canada has a maritime branch of their Armed Forces. At current rates, however, they will likely be bigger than the Royal Navy in a few years.

I went sailing back in the ’90s on a Canadian Armed Forces recreational sailboat with a diesel engine technician who was on ship and whose next assignment was going to be with the ground forces. It was a lovely Halifax September weekend and after a day on a boat we went to some local pubs. A good time was had by all.

Patrick_Lasswell on February 28, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Bunch of smart guys,the Canadain Navy was 3 largest
after World War Two.Anyhow.haha ya thats a sh!t load
of hash!

canopfor on February 28, 2008 at 8:34 PM

Just say no, kids.

What, or you’ll end up funding terror? News flash: suppressing the free flow of goods creates black markets. Black markets are attractive to criminals because of the artificially high profit margins. If you banned bibles, terrorists and other criminal organizations would traffic in them to reap the lucrative profits. This is a association created by prohibition, not anything inherent to drugs.

Mark Jaquith on February 28, 2008 at 8:34 PM

No, the addictive and mind-altering qualities of drugs have nothing to do with it, Mark.

PS by this logic we should allow free international flow of plutonium. No use trying to stop it, right?

see-dubya on February 28, 2008 at 8:37 PM

There is still an illegal booze market even though booze is legal. Most of the moonshiners just don’t want to pay taxes on their booze. Based on that your arguement on black markets falls a little short Mark Jaquith

limowilliam on February 28, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Illegal cigarette market, too, which Hezbollah takes advantage of.

see-dubya on February 28, 2008 at 8:46 PM

How do you call the Canadain Navy to make a tip.

Do they have a hotline or something?

TexasDan on February 28,2008 at 7:04PM

TexasDan: Maybe its like the comedy Sands of Passion,
where the Taliban had a hotline,press 1 for Taliban
press 2 for the Canadain navy!Haha

canopfor on February 28, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Ouch! I haven’t smoked the stuff myself for years, but it still kinda hurts.

Tzetzes on February 28, 2008 at 9:11 PM

canopfor on February 28, 2008 at 8:47 PM

HA HA HA!!! Good One!!!

Kini on February 28, 2008 at 9:51 PM

Ummmmmmmm, push pin through phonebook, put hash on pin, light, put glass over and smoke. yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

deadbackpacker on February 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

canopfor on February 28,2008 at 8:47PM
Ha Ha Ha!!!Good One!!!
Kini on February 28,2008 at 9:51PM.

Kini: Hello out there!

canopfor on February 28, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Lt.-Cmdr. Mike Davie of HMCS Charlottetown said Wednesday that about 20 crew members boarded the Al Moula Madad on Feb. 18 following a tip that the traditional sailing vessel was tied to unnamed terrorist groups.

And, in a related story…

‘Canadian Navy Searches For 20 Missing Sailors’

trigon on February 28, 2008 at 10:31 PM

Way to go CharlieBrown!

Being a Plank Owner of the Charlottetown, this makes my day.

Intel? Come on guys, she is part of a US Carrier Battle Group. Make a guess where the intel came from.

Jim708 on February 28, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Mark Jaquith on February 28, 2008 at 8:34 PM

Exactly.

I feel sooo much safer from terrorists now knowing that thousands of stoner couch potatoes will have to go without their hash stash for a week or two.

infidel4life on February 29, 2008 at 12:17 AM

Damn, what a waste of good hash. Oh well, better call Ignacio.

awake on February 29, 2008 at 1:37 AM

Ouch! I haven’t smoked the stuff myself for years, but it still kinda hurts.

Tzetzes on February 28, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Yeah right. Just as long as your sorry ass realizes
the pro’s and the con’s of the F’N CARROT. I hope so cause the f’n stick will be next, ok? You asked me the other night what the carrot meant. You have your answer, don’t put me in a position to bark.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:49 AM

man, what a waste. but I guess if there were purported terrorist links, perhaps it’s for the better. I’d rather have that home grown anyway :)

drift on February 29, 2008 at 9:03 AM

That must be worth, like, hundreds of dollars.

Akzed on February 29, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Only users lose drugs.

Enrique on February 29, 2008 at 1:57 PM

What a shame, hash is delicious. If the terrorists are making money from selling weed, then why not legalize it so I can grow a few plants?
I also find it funny that the governmet is so gung ho on stopping drugs from coming into the country but we let Afghanistan grow the biggest crop of heroin that makes it’s way to the US. What’s up with that? If we’re throwing money at all of our problems, why not buy all the heroin from Afghani’s and then just destroy it?
Iknow, I know, common sense. Geez.

Geronimo on February 29, 2008 at 3:30 PM

“Once they started finding that stuff, they knew where to look and we eventually found quite an amount,” he said from the Persian Gulf. “We had a happy crew that day, that’s for sure.”

No kidding they were happy.

Geronimo on February 29, 2008 at 3:31 PM