Largest ever heroin haul worth Rs. 3.5 billion seized

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A mammoth heroin haul weighing 294.4 kilogrammes valued at more than Rs. 3,533 million, the largest heroin detection ever made in Sri Lanka, was seized by the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) and the Special Task Force (STF) officials this morning.

Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said the heroin haul was seized at a car park in Kollupitiya and two suspects were arrested along with the heroin. Meanwhile, PNB Director T.C.A. Dhanapala said the heroin haul was set to transport by two vehicles when the raid was carried out.

Police believed that the suspects, residents of Keselwatta in Panadura were planning to move the stock of heroin to a safe location.

Investigating officers suspect that the heroin haul was smuggled into the country via sea route.

The suspects would be detained for further questioning after being produced in the Fort Magistrate's Court today.

The second largest heroin haul of 261 kgs was recovered in Orugodawatta in 2017 by the Customs and PNB officials.

In December last year, the PNB also recovered a stock of heroin weighing 231.5 kilogrammes valued at more than Rs. 2,778 million in the seas off Beruwala. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Ishanga Wanasundera Sunday, 24 February 2019 08:40 AM

    the right people weren't bribed

    Amara Sunday, 24 February 2019 08:41 AM

    Cheer to law enforcement

    iRiz Sunday, 24 February 2019 08:48 AM

    Should kill the culprits, shouldn't show mercy on them.

    SL Sunday, 24 February 2019 08:51 AM

    Hanga ! Hanha ! Hang !

    Ronnie Bugger Sunday, 24 February 2019 08:57 AM

    Mr. President, how much longer are you planning to cow down to some pseudo human rights activists on the subject of hanging these bastards. Please take a page from President Dutarte book. He did not give shit to what others said but did what he did.

    Coconut Republic Sunday, 24 February 2019 12:42 PM

    Continuation.... In the interest of the country and their citizens

    R J Dasa Monday, 25 February 2019 07:20 AM

    Proud to see the head of state at the scene and motivating STF. Last time we know then President and his brother visited the scene and released the Drugs and punished the STF who caught the haul.

    Worried Sunday, 24 February 2019 10:07 AM

    Is it just me or does anyone else think when associating monetary values with drugs like this might end up motivaring others to get involved in these things? Not to use but to sell or distribute?

    Coconut Republic Sunday, 24 February 2019 12:49 PM

    Why do you think that our people are lazy? It's easy millions in the offering

    Aruni Wijayaratna Sunday, 24 February 2019 10:12 AM

    I wonder which politicians are behind this? You can be sure there’s at least one...

    Neville Gunasekara Sunday, 24 February 2019 11:10 AM

    One wonders what happens to them after seizing.

    Nav Sunday, 24 February 2019 09:29 PM

    Exactly. After seizing to destroying, quickly done supervised by a panel, armed forces, media and public to make sure these do not get converted flour.

    Neville Gunasekara Sunday, 24 February 2019 11:10 AM

    One wonders what happens to them after seizing.

    Jayantha Sunday, 24 February 2019 01:43 PM

    're cycle them

    Shareefdeen Sunday, 24 February 2019 11:16 AM

    Proud achievements of SLPD. No politicians should have the credits. When given the authority with responsibility, things happen automatically. A million children saved, billions saved on rehabilitation and health provisions, disease control, HIV and what not. Now is the time that the 225 get a prick, pay the bill and exhibit their blood levels. Until they are controlled, the menace will continue unabated.

    Sanoj Sunday, 24 February 2019 12:15 PM

    Are these realistic values?

    SirJamesPeirisMawatha Sunday, 24 February 2019 01:12 PM

    Numbers are right NY times says heroin is $65-$80 a gram. $65,000 for 1KG $650,000 for 10KG $6,500,000 for 100KG Lets say wholesale ;) at $5M per 100KG $15M FOR 300KG Next month currency value at Rs 200 - $1 3Billion Rupees worth.

    AINSLEY FERNANDO Sunday, 24 February 2019 01:18 PM

    This is a great job but the general public wish to see that this and the previous stocks to be destroyed in public before it becomes bread flour or any other white substance.

    RP Sunday, 24 February 2019 03:20 PM

    At the end how is the drug destroyed. This is never explained and I doubt if it returns to the market again

    Thunku Mohamed Sunday, 24 February 2019 08:04 PM

    Hang the culprits who were responsible for importing this cargo, from the Importers to the distributors.

    Jaliya B. Sunday, 24 February 2019 09:09 PM

    At the moment entire economy is driven from the drug money and other illegal transactions. Why do you think no one gives a shit about anything ? Cause they're all a part to this trade in one way or the other, you are paid more to do less. Why don't the names of these offenders aren't published with their NIC numbers ? Can anyone in the media tell us what happens to a stock pile of narcotics after it leaves the custody of police ? We are only told what they want us to hear ... NOT what we want to know.

    gamarala Sunday, 24 February 2019 10:24 PM

    If the drug arrives at, this much quantities to Island, more or less same rate would have been maintained in the past too: 1. What happened to those smuggled in to the Island in the past ? 2. Who is in the Authority assisted in smuggling in to the Island ? 3. Who benefited by selling those here ? 4. Why Police Could not detected then, and who was responsible ? 4. Is this the secret behind some Politicians and Others becoming overnight billionaires ?

    Devalei Kudda Monday, 25 February 2019 02:23 AM

    Sathaka lokka helicopteren awei nathdha?

    Manithan Monday, 25 February 2019 06:16 AM

    Is heroin and cocaine are not haram? according to islam?

    Dougie Monday, 25 February 2019 08:06 AM

    Can't we start a re-export business?

    Soon Monday, 25 February 2019 09:19 AM

    This clearly tells to implement the CAPITAL PUNISHMENT soon before our society is completely destroyed.

    Mushi Monday, 25 February 2019 03:07 PM

    Please reveal to public how all these drugs are destroyed on media. People just can't digest this for a small country like SL. Future generation is at grave risk at this rate.

    Lawry Thursday, 28 February 2019 01:13 PM

    The drugs will be dissolved into the sea. Fish we eat will cause addition.


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