Another major drug haul, but only sprats caught

Senior Customs officials inspecting the contraband. (Pic by Nishan S. Priyantha)

By Madura Ranwala

Four Sri Lankans were arrested by the Customs Revenue Task Force yesterday over an attempt to smuggle in 36 kilos of heroin with a street value of Rs. 360 million hidden inside two unaccompanied boxes declared as hardware items, at Rank Container Terminal, Orugodawatte.

 Customs Media Spokesman Leslie Gamini told The Island that the detection had been made on information provided by the National Crime Agency in the UK though the drugs came here from Karachi addressed to a Pakistani, who had checked in at a leading hotel in Colombo. He had not been arrested until last evening.

Asked whether the suspects of the previous haul of heroin found in two containers and weighed more than 261 kilos were involved in yesterday’s abortive smuggling bid, he said the four male suspects were being questioned to find out the mastermind and accomplices.

Four men in custody were not the suspects who had a direct involvement but they were being questioned to find the real mastermind behind the drug trade, he said. They would be handed over to the PNB for further investigations, he added.

He said within the last six months the customs had taken into custody more than 300 kilos of heroin.


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