A foreign multi-day trawler carrying consignments of heroin had been taken into custody along with 9 foreign suspects in the Sri Lankan waters.
The heroin smuggling attempt was thwarted last night (Sep. 10) in a joint operation carried out by Sri Lanka Navy and the Batticaloa Police Division in the seas south of Batticaloa
According to SPP Nihal Thalduwa, nine crew members aboard the vessel in question were also apprehended by authorities.
The seized vessel and the arrestees are currently being brought ashore by the naval personnel, the police spokesman said further.
SPP Thalduwa added that the general public can tip off law enforcement authorities regarding narcotics smuggling attempts via the hotline 1997. The identity of the informers will not be disclosed under any circumstances, he assured.