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Over 56,000 suspects arrested across Sri Lanka within 50 days during ’Yukthiya’

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Colombo, Feb 06 (Daily Mirror) - A total of 56,541 suspects have been arrested during the 50-day period spanning from December 17 last year as part of the ongoing anti-drug operation 'Yukthiya' conducted island-wide.

The Ministry of Public Security said that out of this figure, 49,558 suspects were arrested in connection with drug-related offenses, while 6,983 individuals were arrested for various criminal activities.

Among the 49,558 suspects arrested for drug offenses, 1,817 individuals are undergoing further investigation under detention orders, with an additional 1,981 drug addicts referred for rehabilitation.

The Ministry said that investigations into the ownership of illicit assets have been initiated for 234 of the arrested suspects, while 3,083 individuals listed by the Police Narcotics Bureau and Police Special Bureau were also arrested. 

The total value of confiscated properties stands at approximately Rs. 725 million.

The seized drugs have an estimated market value close to Rs. 7,733 million, while the confiscated property is valued at nearly Rs. 726 million.

Among the 6,983 suspects arrested, there were 1,117 individuals with outstanding warrants related to drug offenses and 5,286 with warrants for non-drug-related offenses.

They said the law enforcement authorities identified and arrested 262 suspects wanted for crimes through fingerprinting, along with the arrest of another 318 individuals wanted for criminal activities during the operations.


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  • Asela Tuesday, 06 February 2024 01:38 PM

    another 21.95million left, go ahead.

    ERAN Wicks Tuesday, 06 February 2024 02:15 PM

    Biggest crooks are at Havelock city, with no issues.

    Sivalingam Tuesday, 06 February 2024 02:15 PM

    Small fish only.

    S.H.Moulana Tuesday, 06 February 2024 02:23 PM

    How about accomodation in the prison for them. Imagine if they all want to get admitted in the hospital and home cooked meal like our heaith minister how the government will manage?

    Ram Tuesday, 06 February 2024 02:26 PM

    Total number of arrests is made of those arrested after Cops introduced the drugs, the users known to Cops who did not have any drugs in their possession, family members arrested until the wanted person surrenders to Police etc. Is this JUSTICE? In my mind it is INJUSTICE

    Mohomed Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:35 PM

    Good move by the government. Please arrest the 224 also for greater corruptions

    Gt Wednesday, 07 February 2024 12:41 AM

    How many of these people had drugs planted on them to help in confiscating their assets? Can't trust what gov says, they let big fish swim, only catch the street dealers and users, better to go after parliament that is what justice is needed in sl, millions starving because of thieves in parliament and they just put on a show to try get votes, what a joke sri lanka is

    Sambo Wednesday, 07 February 2024 08:20 AM

    The major and top dealers are being exempted from any law and order. This is big eye wash to cover the sins of a couple of top guns.


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