ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan authorities should destroy stocks of cocaine seized recently by Customs at Colombo port while apparently in transit, labelled as sugar, to prevent it leaking to the market, a minister said.
Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne said more than 800 kilos of cocaine had been seized in recent months in separate detections, all labelled as consignments of sugar.
“We realise the stock is too large to be used in Sri Lanka and presume smugglers are using Sri Lanka as a transhipment point,” he told a news conference.
“This is a huge amount of cocaine – we must be watchful. I urge President Maithripala Sirisena to ensure the entire stock is destroyed – burned – to prevent it leaking to the market.”
Wickramaratne said he suggested the move as a precaution as it was known that internationally, stocks of drugs seized by law enforcement authorities tended to leak back into the market.
“We must not allow Sri Lanka to be a narcotics hub. We know that, internationally, when drugs are seized, a lot of it leaks back to the market because of the financial power behind the smuggling rings.”
(COLOMBO, Dec 16, 2016)