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Galle, April 14 (Daily Mirror) - The Sri Lanka Navy brought ashore the seized narcotics, including 179 kgs and 906 gms of Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE) and 83 kgs and 582 gms of heroin, which were seized yesterday in the seas approximately 133 nautical miles (about 246 kms) off Dondra, south of Sri Lanka.

The consignment of drugs, with an estimated street value exceeding Rs. 3,798 million, was seized during an intelligence operation conducted by the Sri Lanka Navy. A local multi-day fishing trawler, carrying six persons was intercepted during the operation. 

In addition, another local one-day fishing trawler with four persons was seized, suspected to be awaiting a mid-sea exchange of narcotics.

The Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship (SLCG) Samudraraksha played a crucial role in arresting the suspects and seizing the narcotics on 12 April 2024. 

The Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera inspected the seized consignment at the Galle Harbour.

The Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard remain vigilant in patrolling and conducting search operations along the island's coast to thwart illegal activities, particularly drug trafficking via sea routes.

The seized haul included Crystal Methamphetamine and heroin, concealed in 17 sacks aboard the multi-day fishing trawler. Following a thorough search at the Galle Harbour, authorities recovered 17 more sacks containing the narcotics. 

The consignment, suspects and fishing trawlers were handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) for legal action.

The individuals involved in the operation, ranging in age from 23 to 54 years old are residents of areas such as Weligama, Imaduwa and Galle. 

Meanwhile, the Navy said that the total street value of the drugs seized in 2024 by the Sri Lanka Navy exceeds Rs. 9,300 million.


  Comments - 23

  • H. Kodippily Sunday, 14 April 2024 09:32 AM

    Please destroy these dangerous drugs at a public place so that people will witness that they are really destroyed. Do not store them but destroy them immediately.

    Roy Monday, 15 April 2024 05:42 AM

    Destroy both. The transporter and drugs both immediately.

    Rip Winkle Sunday, 14 April 2024 10:16 AM

    Why is it that the public is never provided with proof of confiscation of illegal drugs?

    Gabriella Sunday, 14 April 2024 11:48 AM

    Hand it over to the Sri Lanka police and it will become talcum powder.

    Gabriella Sunday, 14 April 2024 11:54 AM

    There can be no doubt that the Sri Lankan navy is the best of the tri-forces. It has always been a well disciplined outfit.

    Purandhar Setlur Tuesday, 16 April 2024 08:15 AM

    'cause it's an island.

    BRING IN THE DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUG PEDDLERS TOO, AS OBVIOUSLY THE KING DRUG LORDS ARE OVERSEAS OPERATORS. Sunday, 14 April 2024 12:58 PM

    STRAIGHT TO FOURTH FLOOR FOR HRS AND DAYS OF GRILLING, UNTIL ALL INFORMATION IS SPAT OUT BY THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO SHOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS SCUM. LAST BUT NOT LEAST GO AFTER THE BIG FISH WHO WERE TO BE RESPONSIBLE TO PEDDLE THESE DRUGS ON OUR STREETS AND THOSE THAT GAINED BY HAVING THESE DRUGS COME INTO THE SOUTH (GOT TO BE A POLITICIAN AND OR HIS STOOGES).

    Dj Sunday, 14 April 2024 03:58 PM

    We have never seen these drugs been destroyed in public

    ANNECUNT Monday, 15 April 2024 03:11 PM

    they sell it again black market

    UMAS ALI Monday, 15 April 2024 05:36 PM

    i had some recently on the street

    Tissa Fernando Sunday, 14 April 2024 05:06 PM

    So , what happens to the seized goods. Who brought it here? Why not confiscate the assets of those who brought it? Why not destroy these in public at the presence of top officials. Why not reward Navy personnel from the assets seized from the big dealers? Share at least 1 billion , to import 3.7 billion the dealer must be a wealthy person too. If NPP undertakes to do this I will vote for them.

    Chux Sunday, 14 April 2024 05:46 PM

    Don’t show these to Namal or any Rajapaksha’s

    Husna Cader Monday, 15 April 2024 01:51 PM

    Yes that’s right maybe he is the crook

    kd Sunday, 14 April 2024 06:52 PM

    well done

    Ex addictor Sunday, 14 April 2024 08:02 PM

    Well done. Now file action in court. Further trace the contacts in Sri Lanka. Once the judge has seen the narcotics, destroy in an incinerator. If not available in SL dump the raw narcotic in the middle of the sea in the presence of a solicitor.

    Wera Monday, 15 April 2024 04:15 AM

    We have many incinerators. They are called crematoriums. Just pop them in and turn the switch. Well done and keep it up.

    shanka Monday, 15 April 2024 05:45 AM

    can we just start introducing death penalty for ice and meth, our legal system is a joke as long as some big shot gets his shipment in the same joke continues

    wickrama wijayasiri Monday, 15 April 2024 06:37 AM

    Congratulations Navy on good work. Destroy the drugs with witnesses, as there are rogues in the police force and the drugs will end up as corn flour! May be this is a ploy to get the drugs brought ashore easily to disappear once in the system. Masterminds at work?

    What will the Police do? Monday, 15 April 2024 07:03 AM

    Navy did their duty with diligence. Now the entire haul is with the Police. What will they do? This is MONEY and every body has need for money. It is very enticing and any man will succumb to greed. Now the tussle is between honesty, integrity and greed, pressure from unknown sources.

    JD Monday, 15 April 2024 10:55 AM

    Should be destroyed then and there with proof of destruction. No need to hand over to any other authority.

    ognatius Monday, 15 April 2024 11:20 AM

    destroy it in public. not to be reshipped for foreign currency.

    Tom jones Monday, 15 April 2024 11:50 AM

    Why don’t you divulge the names of the fellows who smuggled it. Are any Ministers, members or high govt officers involved in drug smuggling. Expose these drug dealers. If the names are not divulged which will mean politicians are involved.

    Sirima Thanpala Tuesday, 16 April 2024 03:21 PM

    Give half to Pagapala as he deserves!!


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