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Possession of toxic drugs: 96 sentenced to death, 275 imprisoned for life

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Ninety-six suspects including eight women had been sentenced to death by Magistrate’s Courts across the country during the period of 2008 to 2018 after being found guilty of possession of toxic drugs, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said today.

He said 275 suspects including 34 women were handed life imprisonment between 2008 to November 2018 for the same charge.

SP Gunasekera said the convicts were charged for possessing drugs such as heroin, cocaine, morphine or opium.

Meanwhile, the spokesman said a total of 430.5 kilos of heroin valued more than Rs. 5,166 million had been seized this year.

He said the police have arrested 37,304 individuals on charges of possession of heroin.

“ The second largest heroin detection of 231.5 kgs and the fifth largest heroin detection of 103 kgs were recovered this year,” he said.(Darshana Sanjeewa)


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  Comments - 9

  • Unchikun Thursday, 06 December 2018 08:56 PM

    Very good. What is the punishment for violating the constitution ?

    Jaliya Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:27 PM

    I suppose the pic of the rope is a clue as to how the death sentence is carried out by the prison officials ? May I suggest a Blüthner piano wire instead ? A faster way to separate a head from its body with a melody !!

    Chryshan K Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:49 PM

    Most of the drug dealers were linked to MR and his political kingpins. They were protected by MR. Thank god MR so unpopular and he will be out of politics soon.

    Aranolis Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:57 PM

    In effect, is there any difference in being sentenced " to death" and being sentenced "to life imprisonment" ?

    Malaka Thursday, 06 December 2018 11:34 PM

    Angulana, kaldemulla, piliyandala... raid day and night to curb this, kolannawa no more a drig spot

    Waco Friday, 07 December 2018 06:52 AM

    My3 may give them presidential pardon.

    Pradeep Friday, 07 December 2018 07:47 AM

    Financial benefits over rides the the punishment and we also see the political and under world support for those indulging in drug trade. It is an uphill task for the law enforcement officers, and the nation salutes them.

    Siri de Alwis Friday, 07 December 2018 03:11 PM

    The same verdict should be given to all politician who imported drugs and taken bribes. Siri

    Cluless Friday, 07 December 2018 03:52 PM

    At what cost? How much does it cost to upkeep a prisoner for life. Correct them, thats the challenge for a decent society. Catch the big fish importers and give them the max sentence.

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