Sri Lanka seizes 300 kilos of heroin

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s police seized nearly 300 kilogrammes of heroin worth USD17 million, the island’s biggest haul of the narcotic, and arrested two people, spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said yesterday.

Anti-narcotics agents and police Special Task Force commandos raided a mall car park in the capital Colombo last Saturday evening and found the drugs hidden in two vans, Gunasekera said.

“The heroin was packed in 272 plastic bags and ready for distribution,” Gunasekera said. “We are now investigating how this consignment got into the country.”

He said the narcotics weighing 294.4 kilos had a street value of about LKR3 billion (USD17 million).

In 2013, police seized 260 kilos of heroin brought into the country hidden inside tractors imported from Pakistan.

Sri Lanka’s biggest drug haul, by weight, was in December 2016 when police seized 800 kilos of cocaine.

Authorities believe the Indian Ocean island is also being used as a transit point by traffickers.

In 2014, anti-narcotics authorities seized 90 kilos of cocaine concealed in sugar containers from Brazil. In the same year, police detained 14 foreigners after seizing 110 kilos of heroin worth USD7.5 million from an Iranian fishing trawler.