Over Rs. 130 mn worth heroin seized this year – Sagala

The Special Task Force and the Police Narcotics and Organised Crimes Division has been able to seize heroin stocks valued over Rs. 130 million this year and going by this record, the eradication of the drug mafia from this country will not be far away, Law and Order & Southern development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said.

The Minister said this achievement was made possible due to the scrupulous and systematic programme undertaken to combat drugs and organised crime in recent times.

The STF alone had seized 5385.266 grammes of heroin valued at nearly Rs.53,852.660 upto December 27 this year, while the Anti-Narcotis and Organised Crimes Division has seized 8226.659 grammes of heroin valued at nearly Rs. 82,266,590 during the same period.

The STF had also arrested 303 suspects during 285 successful raids while the Anti-Narcotis and Organised Crimes Division has arrested 167 suspects during 160 raids.

The Minister said an operation was also underway to nab leading underworld characters conducting their drug cartels and other underworld activities from abroad. 

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