Seized heroin, ‘Ice’ haul worth Rs. 6,000 mn brought to Dikovita harbour | Daily News


 

Seized heroin, ‘Ice’ haul worth Rs. 6,000 mn brought to Dikovita harbour

The heroin and crystal methamphetamine haul seized by the Sri Lanka Navy on information received from the Police Narcotics Bureau. (Left) Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva inspecting the seized items. Pictures by Gayan Pushpika
The heroin and crystal methamphetamine haul seized by the Sri Lanka Navy on information received from the Police Narcotics Bureau. (Left) Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva inspecting the seized items. Pictures by Gayan Pushpika

The haul of heroin and crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as ‘Ice’, worth approximately Rs. 6,000 million along with the suspects and fishing vessels seized after a successful naval operation in the high seas about 600 nautical miles from Sri Lankan shores, was brought to the Dikovita fisheries harbour last morning (05) together with 16 suspects who were arrested during this operation.

The operation to detect and seize these vessels carrying this load of drugs to the country was based on intelligence information received from the Police Narcotics Bureau.

Accordingly, the Navy deployed two of their Offshore Patrol Vessels ‘Samudura’ and ‘Sayurala’ on this mission which took around 25 days. Addressing the media last morning, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva said the Navy and Police Narcotics Bureau conducted a very successful drug-busting operation over the past 25 days. This operation was a resounding success. During this drug-bust in the high seas, they managed to seize around 400kg of heroin and almost 100 kg of ‘Ice’. This is the first time that such a haul of drugs has been seized in a single operation.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Police Narcotics Range Sanjeewa Medawatte said prior to this instance the police had seized 294kg and 928kg of Cocaine had been detected recently.

“This is a huge problem as the 500kg which enters the country is then mixed and turned into around 3,500kg which is distributed around the country. Just imagine what happens to the families and students who consume such amounts of drugs.The biggest issue facing our country today is the drug menace.”

The Police Narcotics Bureau produced the suspects in court yesterday and obtained detention orders to detain the suspects for interrogation for seven days.


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