Police arrest smugglers wife & uncover details global drug network

Police arrest smugglers wife & uncover details global drug network

Written by Zulfick Farzan

04 Feb, 2021 | 3:47 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police arrested the wife of a notorious Sri Lankan drug lord known as ‘Shiva’ from Jaya Mawatha in Thalahena on Wednesday (03).

‘Shiva’, real name Nandakumar Shivanandan is wanted for smuggling drugs to Sri Lanka via the sea route and was believed to have fled to India to evade arrest.

Sri Lanka Police said the 44-year-old female suspect was arrested for the possession of 07 grams and 250 milligrams of heroin.

Interrogation of the suspect led authorities to the discovery of a luxury SUV, two vans, and a car from Ja-Ela, Ekala, and Thalahena, all valued at over Rs. 50 Million and purchased using money generated by Shiva’s drug smuggling operation.

Investigations had revealed a KDH van and a Mini Cooper car seized in the operation, were those released on bail after they are seized for transporting 400 kilograms of Kerala Cannabis on an earlier occasion in Peliyagoda.

That arrest was made by the Organized Crime Prevention Division.

Sri Lanka Police said investigations will be carried out into these vehicles as per the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Sri Lanka Police said the female suspect is Shiva’s second wife and after he fled to India, the suspect had actively assisted in his drug smuggling operations.

Investigations revealed, Shiva is the local operator of an international drug smuggling operation of ‘Ruban’ who smuggles drugs from France, and ‘Kudu Lala’ who smuggles drugs from Italy.

Sri Lanka Police said Shiva uses the sea route to smuggle drugs into Sri Lanka.

The female suspect is currently being held on a 07-day detention order obtained by the court.

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