Navy arrests four with drugs worth over Rs. 600 mn

A special operation carried out by the Navy in the seas off Negombo today led to the arrest of four suspects with over 100 kg of Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE) and about 80kg of Hashish and the seizure of a multi day fishing trawler used to transfer the narcotics.

The street value of the stock of narcotics seized during the operation is estimated to be over Rs.600 million.

As a result of continuous operations to crack down on drug trafficking and other illegal activities operated via sea routes, and strengthening the Government's joint mechanism to combat the drug menace, the Navy was able to seize a multi day fishing trawler with drugs off Dodanduwa, Galle a couple of days ago.

P The Western Naval Command intercepted a suspicious multi day fishing trawler off Negombo and arrested four suspects with over 100kg of Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE) and about 80kg of Hashish being transported. The narcotic substance had been concealed in nine sacks, as plastic containers and small packets.

Meanwhile, the coordinated operation was carried out with the assistance of intelligence services, the Police Narcotic Bureau and the Sri Lanka Air Force. The suspects held during the operation were identified as residents of Thoduwawa in Chilaw.

The suspects, drugs and multi day fishing trawler held during this operation were handed over to the Police Narcotic Bureau, Colombo for further investigations.

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