Rs 3.5bn worth heroin seized in Kollupitiya

Colombo – Sri Lankan police on Thursday made one of their biggest heroin hauls in years, days after unidentified gunmen shot dead an anti-narcotics agent near Colombo.

Police said the 200kg haul – worth more than ?2bn on the street – was found stashed inside plastic bags in a car north of Colombo.

It was the biggest heroin seizure since 2013, when 260kg were taken off the street, police said.

The seizure came after a drugs agent was killed on Tuesday in a shootout that also wounded several other officers.

“Our latest detection shows we will not be deterred by attacks against our men,” police said in a statement.

It is suspected the drugs were smuggled by boat into Sri Lanka. Police believe the Indian Ocean island is being used as a transit point by traffickers.

Last June, anti-narcotics authorities seized 90kg of cocaine concealed in sugar containers from Brazil. Two months earlier police detained 14 foreigners after seizing 110kg of heroin worth $7.5m from an Iranian fishing trawler.

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