Pakistan police expected here to grill drug smuggler

By Norman Palihawadana

 A team of police officers from Pakistan is expected to arrive in Colombo to interrogate the Pakistani national, now in the custody of the Police Narcotics Bureau, in connection with the detection of the biggest haul of heroin smuggled into Sri Lanka.

The team would arrive here on the advice of Interpol, a senior officer, attached to the Law and Order Ministry, said.

Acting on a tip-off from the Police Narcotics Bureau, the Pakistani national and two others (Sri Lankans)

were nabbed by the customs when they went to a customs warehouse at Orugodawatte last Friday to clear the consignment which was brought in tins of grease.

Customs Revenue Task Force Director Mali Piyasena told The Island the massive haul of heroin, detected at the Rank Container Terminal, weighed more than 261 kilogrammes with an estimated street value of more than 2.61 billion rupees.

The suspects were being grilled by the Police Narcotics Bureau, under a detention order issued by the Maligakanda Magistrate, were Pakistani national amal Karship Ashish Abdul and two Sri Lankans Mohammed Kamil and Mohammed Rilvan.

They had claimed that the container contained hardware items.

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