Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)


- BY AJITH SIRIWARDAN­A AND YOHAN PER­ERA Narcotic Drugs · Crime · White-collar Crime · Society · Justice Ministry

It was re­vealed in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day that 46,824 ki­los of il­licit drugs had been taken into cus­tody dur­ing 475,985 raids car­ried out from 2015 to date. This was re­vealed by Min­is­ter of Ir­ri­ga­tion and State Min­is­ter of In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity, Home Af­fairs and Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Chamal Ra­japaksa re­spond­ing to a ques­tion raised by Sa­m­agi Jana Balawe­gaya MP Chaminda Wi­je­siri in Par­lia­ment.

Min­is­ter Ra­japaksa said 54,505 peo­ple had been ar­rested on charges of sell­ing and us­ing il­licit drugs dur­ing the first nine months this year (un­til Septem­ber 18).

Ex­plain­ing the mea­sures taken to pre­vent the drugs taken into cus­tody from go­ing back to the hands of drug smug­glers, he said drug raids and pro­duc­ing seized drugs in court were now car­ried out jointly by the nar­cotic of­fi­cials, CID, STF and po­lice in­tel­li­gence where as it was ear­lier done by the Po­lice Nar­cotics Bureau (PNB) alone.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion raised by SJB MP Tissa At­tanayake whether it was not pos­si­ble to de­stroy the drugs taken into cus­tody within a short pe­riod of time to pre­vent the drugs go­ing back to the hands of drug smug­glers, the min­is­ter said he would dis­cuss with the Justice Min­is­ter to in­tro­duce such a mech­a­nism.

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