Sri Lanka Navy seizes 290 kg of heroin worth over Rs. 2.3 billion

Sri Lanka Navy seizes 290 kg of heroin worth over Rs. 2.3 billion

Tue, Aug 31, 2021, 12:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, during a special search operation conducted in the high seas in the afternoon of 30th August 2021 seized over 290 kg of heroin attempted to be smuggled into the island by sea and arrested 05 suspects in connection with the smuggling.

During the special operation, the Navy has seized a multi-day fishing vessel carrying about 290kg and 200g of heroin estimated to be worth over Rs. 2321 million.

The fishing vessel with heroin and the suspects were brought ashore this morning (31st August), the Navy said.

Based on information received from a coordinated intelligence operation led by Sri Lanka Navy Intelligence and other intelligence services, the Navy detected and searched a suspicious multi-day fishing trawler heading landward, during this special anti-drug operation carried out in the high seas in the afternoon of 30th August.

The interception made way to the recovery of about 290kg and 200g of heroin in 259 packages stuffed in 10 sacks which were concealed in the vessel. Apart from the haul of drugs and the multi-day fishing trawler, the Navy also nabbed five suspects onboard the fishing vessel.

The multi-day fishing trawler seized by the Navy on suspicion of smuggling heroin, had ventured out to sea on 30th July 2021 and it is suspected that the consignment of narcotics was fetched to the trawler from foreign smugglers in international waters.

Meanwhile, the street value of the seized consignment of heroin is believed to be over Rs.2321 million.

The suspects held during this operation were identified as residents of Ahungalla, Balapitiya and Habaraduwa, from 31 to 37 years of age. The Navy and Police Narcotic Bureau are conducting further investigation into the incident as of now.

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