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Culdrose Crews' Drugs Haul

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6:04am 2nd December 2011

A Culdrose aircrew have made a massive drugs haul in Afghanistan.

Teams from 854 Squadron helped seize £1.5m worth of opium and crystal heroin.

Their choppers use special radar to track insurgents.

Commander Pat Douglas said, "Individually, these 'busts' are quite small, but collectively, our small force is making a very big difference. We may be only operating over Helmand and environs but the impact of what we do spreads across the entire country.  Every single time a vehicle we've tracked is stopped and drugs or explosives are found by ground forces, we are making things safer for Afghan civilians and the forces there who are protecting them."

The SKASaCs, which stands for Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control, are based at Camp Bastion and are flying up to 50 hours a week. The helicopters, manned by fewer than 50 personnel in Helmand Province, use specialist radar in a giant sack - which gives the squadrons their 'Bagger' nickname. In the past month the helicopters have passed on more than 70 intelligence tip-offs to ground troops to follow up.

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6:04am 2nd December 2011

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