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Indian among 14 foreigners arrested in drug bust in Lanka

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Colombo: An Indian was among 14 foreigners detained by Sri Lankan police in connection with the country’s biggest drug bust in nearly three years, after 110 kilograms of heroin worth USD 7.5 million was seized from the sea.

The police has detained 14 foreigners – 10 Iranians, two Pakistanis, an Indian and a Singaporean in connection with the incident.

Police Narcotics Bureau along with the Lanka Navy in a combined operation seized 101 kilograms of heroin worth USD 7.5 million on March 30. Later the police arrested three more local suspects in Negombo. A multi-day trawler owned by the smugglers was seized during the operation.


The consignment was said to be the largest haul ever apprehended out at sea in three years. While the Pakistani and the Iranians were arrested on board, the rest were arrested later in their lodgings, police said.

The police said this was part of a joint operation by Pakistani and Afghan drug dealers. Police are on the look out for local agents now.