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Four suspects (seated) who called over at the terminal to clear the machines. (Below) Customs officers retrieving heroin from one of the machines.

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About 100 kg of heroin in 3 machines

Another record drug bust


By Madura Ranwala

Customs High Risk Unit at Gray Line 1, cargo terminal at Orugodawatta yesterday detected three plastic moulding machines containing about 100 kilos of heroin with a street value of Rs. 700 million.

Four suspects were arrested when they came to clear the consignment.

"We opened the container carrying three machines in front of the four suspects, the importer, two wharf clerk and another involved in clearance," Deputy Director of the unit, U. G. Kulathilake told The Island yesterday.

The Customs had retrieved 31 kilos secreted in one machine by last night and they were in the process of opening the other two.

Kulathilake said there could be as much as 100 kilos of heroin concealed in all three machines. He said the exact amount would be known after a few hours.

The machines had been imported from Pakistan, the Customs said.

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