STF to crackdown on drugs and underworld

STF to crackdown on drugs and underworld

STF to crackdown on drugs and underworld

Written by Zulfick Farzan

01 Dec, 2022 | 5:04 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st)- Sri Lanka's Public Security Secretary S. Hettiarachchi expects to deploy the Police Special Task Force to crack down on drugs and underworld criminal activity.

"Prisons are reaching maximum capacity because of the rising number of drug users. An act was introduced recently to impose the death penalty for those in possession of 10g or more of ICE or Crystal Meth. We need to prepare a special program based on rehabilitation, rather than imprisonment for drug users," he told reporters in Colombo.

The Public Security Secretary said drug usage has become a national issue because school children are being used to promote drugs. 

"It is not easy to crack down on this. However, we will deploy the STF. They will be removed from other duties and will be deployed to crackdown on drugs and underworld criminal activity," he added.

He also said that over 200 STF personnel have been trained in modern warfare, and Sri Lanka Police will recruit around 600 new personnel to the STF.

 

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