A special joint operation carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy, the Police and the Air force in the seas off Negombo today (04) has led to the apprehension of 4 suspects with over 100kg of Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE) and about 80kg of Hashish and seizure of a multiday fishing trawler used to transfer the narcotic substances.
The Western Naval Command said it had intercepted a suspicious multiday fishing trawler off Negombo and apprehended 4 suspects with over 100kg of Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE) and about 80kg of Hashish being transferred on board. The narcotic substance had been concealed in 9 sacks, as plastic containers and small packets.
Meanwhile, the street value of the stock of narcotics held during the operation is estimated to be over Rs. 600 million.
The coordinated operation was carried out with the assistance of intelligence services and the Police Narcotics Bureau. The suspects held during the operation were identified as residents of Thoduwawa area in Chilaw.
The suspects, drugs and multiday fishing trawler has been handed over to the Police Narcotic Bureau for further investigations.