Eight travelling bags packed with some 200 kilos of cocaine with an estimated value of Rs.2 billion were seized by Customs officers at the Rank Container Terminal (RCT) Yard at Orugodawatte ths.
This is said to be the largest haul of cocaine detected in the country.
Customs Spokesman Daharmasena Kahandawa said the one kilo packets of cocaine were packed into eight travelling bags and hidden among the bags of sugar which had arrived from Brazil via Portugal.
Mr. Dharmasena said fifty containers carrying sugar from Brazil were detained at the Orugodawatte Yard for inspection.
“The container with the cocaine was the nineteenth to be examined at the yard,” Mr. Daharmasena said.
Sources said the owner of the sugar container was identified as a businessman from Kandy.
The businessman and the wharf clerk were arrested.
Meanwhile, Customs Director General Chulananda Perera said the Customs had requested the importers to request that GPS be installed on the containers in future.
“It will help locate the container on its way to Sri Lanka and provide easy tracking,” Mr. Chulananda said.
On June 14 three travelling bags packed with some 91.3 kilos of cocaine were seized by the Special Narcotic Raid Unit in collaboration with the STF at this container yard.
That container had also arrived from Brazil with sugar. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
hiran gunwardena Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:27 PM
Has any one notices, no one never get arressted for these endless drug busts, which tells me ruling politicos behind this drug business
Kekille Thursday, 24 November 2016 05:05 PM
We see customs, police, CID, FCID etc. detect this type of rackets, arrest the culprits, take them to courts, they get bailed, everything dies down, no action taken on them. Next we see those culprits in ceremonies, weddings etc. together with VVIP Politicians, and that's all about it. After some time, people too forget about them.
janaka Thursday, 24 November 2016 05:22 PM
Can we imagine the greedy uneducated filth destroying this?
Lawry Thursday, 24 November 2016 06:31 PM
They will destroy pang pity in front of you
Gayan Thursday, 24 November 2016 06:42 PM
We all know the minister behind this.
5555 Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:26 PM
Very soon the world have to accept sharia law
DHA Thursday, 24 November 2016 01:08 PM
whoa....so much in the market will destroy our younger generation who is bringing these stuff ??? Like in china these culprits should be executed.
SL from KSA Thursday, 24 November 2016 01:40 PM
Despite all measures being taken to eradicate the drug menace, this ugly thing just keeps coming in.
Sonali Thursday, 24 November 2016 01:55 PM
Not many people can afford to bring in drugs to this value. It won't be difficult to find out who is responsible for this. The public has the right to know who this person/people are. At this rate we will be the hell of the Indian ocean. When are we going to implement the death penalty for drug smuggling?
Nashan Thursday, 24 November 2016 01:57 PM
Thanks for detection of cocaine but we should get what government did to this (cocaine) as well after completing investigation. Normally we (citizens) never informed what government did for that (cocaine). Only catching news will come under headlines.
citizen Friday, 25 November 2016 07:19 AM
yes,the person allowing to bring to our country should execute first it has to come through barriers
Leo Thursday, 24 November 2016 02:54 PM
If a feedback on the outcome of the investigation is not given its quite evident that a minister is involved. Feedback is only given when small fries are involved. via DM Android App
ice4083 Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:19 PM
that would sort out part of the budget deficit
Arnold Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:22 PM
In other countries the captured drugs are set on fire in public.
brainmaster Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:27 PM
That's real big big money ! Who are the VIP's behind it ? What will happen to all that cocaine after detection ?
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