Katunayake Airport: Main gateway for drug arrivals in Sri Lanka

Katunayake Airport: Main gateway for drug arrivals in Sri Lanka

Written by Staff Writer

23 Jun, 2015 | 9:02 pm

This week, a Pakistani national was arrested at the Katunayake Airport for the possession of narcotics. Customs reported that 390 grammes of heroin was discovered in the abdomen of the Pakistani national.

The Katunayake Airport has been identified as the main gateway for drugs to be brought in to the country. Drugs such as heroin and Kerala ganja enter in to the country mainly through the Katunayake Airport and the Colombo Harbor and on many occasions large hauls of these drugs have been seized by customs.

The drugs that were seized June 22 proves that smugglers are continuing to use the Katunayake Airport as a way to bring drugs in to the country. The Katunayake Airport, which is the gateway to the world from the country, is equipped with scanner machines and other state-of-the-art equipment to detect drugs.

However, it has been proven difficult to detect drugs such a heroin through such equipment. Therefore, authorities place their trust on the Customs officers who conduct raids on such drug rings.

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