Written by Amani Nilar
25 Jan, 2022 | 8:16 am
COLOMBO (News 1st); A heroin stock worth Rs. 3,300 million, which was seized in the South-Eastern seas off Sri Lanka, is due to be brought to the Colombo Port on Tuesday (25).
Police stated that it was revealed that the heroin smuggling operation was being carried out by a drug dealer named Hara Kata in Dubai.
Further investigations revealed that two other people have assisted the seize as well.
Navy Media Spokesman Captain Indika de Silva said that the Sri Lanka Navy seized two trawler boats transporting over 300 kg of heroin in the South-Eastern seas off Sri Lanka, in international waters on Monday (24).
11 suspects were arrested from aboard the two vessels.
The trawler that was taken into custody had set sail from Kudawella in Matara.
The Navy Spokesperson, speaking to News 1st, stated that the drugs were seized in a special joint operation with the State Intelligence Service and the Police Narcotic Bureau on 17th and 22nd January.
The special operation was mounted by the Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Samudura, based on a coordinated intelligence operation of the Navy Intelligence, State Intelligence Service and Police Narcotics Bureau. As such, SLNS Samudura, after about 02 weeks of surveillance in international waters about 737 nautical miles (about 1364km) off Dondra, southern coast, intercepted the suspicious local fishing vessel on 17th January.
Furthermore, Sri Lanka Navy seized more than Rs. 15.86 billion worth narcotics during operations in 2021.
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