May 11, 2017
A large stock of heroin, weighing around 198 kilograms, has been recovered by police from the Chilaw area this morning, Police said.
A suspect has also been arrested along with the heroin, estimated to be worth around Rs 2 billion, which was being transported using a Land Rover Defender in the Muthupanthiya Island.
The suspect, a resident of Colombo, and the drugs were arrested by intelligence officers attached to the Puttalam DIG’s Office.
Police said that the heroin stock had been smuggled into the country via the sea route and then transported in vehicle from Muthupanthiya Island to Colombo.
The arrested suspect, heroin haul and Defender have been handed over to Chilaw Police for onward action.
The operation was carried out based on the instructions from Puttalam DIG Champika Siriwardena.
A drug trafficker operating from abroad is suspected of being responsible for smuggling the narcotics into the country.