Sri Lanka Navy helps seize huge haul of drugs
ECONOMYNEXT – Law enforcement agencies assisted by the Sri Lanka Navy have seized a massive haul of drugs worth hundreds of millions of rupees, today December 6, Navy Media announced.
The haul consists of 100kg of heroin and 100kg of crystal methamphetamine also known as Ice and was detected during a special operation carried out in the Thodduwa area in Marawila, the Navy said.
The announcement said that the Navy “rendered assistance to the Excise Department and other Intelligence agencies” in making the detection.
The drugs were packed in boxes and packages ready for distribution, the Navy said.
“Along with this consignment of drugs 04 suspects in connection to this racket as well as 4 vehicles made available for the delivery of those substances were also taken into custody,” the Navy said.
Drugs in such large quantities are usually brought into Sri Lanka from India and Pakistan by “country boats” for transhipment to other countries in Europe and the West according to various international agencies including the United Nations.
Drug addiction, particularly to heroin, is a serious issue with more than 25,000 heroin-related arrests reported annually according to the Institute for Policy Studies.
The same study notes that big-time drug dealers escape punishment due to influence with leading politicians. (Colombo, December 6, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana