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Some 2,000kg of narcotics smuggled into prisons last year

11 June 2018 08:29 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Some 2,000 kilos of narcotics have been smuggled into Sri Lankan prisons last year, it was revealed in the 2017 Prison Headquarters report tabled in Parliament last week.

It said the narcotics which were detected inside prisons consisted of 78,210 grams of heroin, 614,700 grams of ganja , 6,100 grams of Charas and 136 tablets of intoxicants.

The report said 99 packets of heroin were smuggled into the Magazine Prison, 17 packets of narcotics to the Dumbara Prison, 14 into the Colombo Remand Prison, 10 into Welikada and three into the Galle Prison.

Some 614,700 grams of ganja were detected inside various prisons last year among them were 171,300 gm of Ganja inside Colombo Remand Prison, 7,100 gm inside Welikada, 1000 gm inside Dumbara and 1600 gm inside the Negombo Prisions.

The report also revealed that 136 tablets of intoxicants had been smuggled into prisons last year among them were 77 tablets inside Welikada, 44 inside Colombo Remand Prison, 10 inside Negombo, 20 inside Mahara, 48 inside Dumabara and three in Galle.

The report also revealed that 53 mobile phones had been smuggled inside prisons with seven inside Welikada, seven into the Colombo Remand Prison, three into Magazine, 23 into Negombo Prision, two into Kalutara Klutara and 11 into Galle Prison. It said some 90 SMSs had been exchanged by the inmates in 2017. Some 29 SMSs from Welikada, 11 from Colombo Remand Prison 23 from Negombo,two from Kalutara and 11 from Galle.

The report also revealed that 104 prisoners have escaped last year while 48 of them re-arrested while there were 122,079 prisoners in Sri Lanka as of December 31, 2017 out of which 22,867 were inmates convicted by courts of law and 99,212 were suspects. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 13

  • Observer Monday, 11 June 2018 08:47 PM

    If so, is this country a narcotics hub???

    Nar-Cotica Tuesday, 12 June 2018 07:35 AM

    Who weighed the narcotics?

    Farook Monday, 11 June 2018 09:23 PM

    Sponsored by prison guards... they get money on the table at home first curb this

    Sebastian Monday, 11 June 2018 09:27 PM

    Your prison system is incompetent to let so many illegal drugs into prisons. Really prison service should be ashamed, it is not acceptable practice. Expect more problems at your fault.

    Ceylon Monday, 11 June 2018 10:23 PM

    So not only convicted criminals in prison but unconvicted criminals are on duty.

    Wise Donkey Monday, 11 June 2018 10:25 PM

    If that has been parippu or haal we would have been happy but drugs.............

    Copboy Monday, 11 June 2018 11:18 PM

    Well, it's obviously police and prisons officials that allow the smuggling in of everything, else it wouldn't happen. Have seen it myself.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:10 AM

    These are joke talks.importers are well known to all srilankans.police catching only street sellers.dont catch who bring to country. withing one day can catch all these criminals and can stop the problem within one need even two days for it.this never happen in lanka because if it happen how to buy multy million $ homes.

    Dot Tuesday, 12 June 2018 03:30 AM

    Now lets hear of the response from the high command ..the President and the PM .an urgent social issue .. this drug situation in the country did this happen for so much drugs being pedaled ..for it to reach the most vulnerable ..the Inmates in the Prison .There is so much rumor on Drug rich people but the leads are never taken up .

    Anton Tuesday, 12 June 2018 04:13 AM

    2 tons of drugs this is like rice bag going in to prison. via DM Android App

    aathal Tuesday, 12 June 2018 08:29 AM

    pointless accusing the officials of all law enforcement authorities, a very poor salary scale make all the relevant officials to take bribe. they live in bribe , that cannot live in salaries. cost of living is so high . very difficult life. all relevant officials should be paid a salary of atleast one lakh per month. then expect the law and order to be enforced. if they fail should be metted with maximum punishment.

    LP Tuesday, 12 June 2018 11:31 AM

    It seems drugs are going to prisons without help of any one as prisons are most protected places.

    Sisili Bisili Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:45 PM

    Hush. Don’t say it. Yahapalanaya would impose a tax on it if they knew.

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