Drug smuggling ring arrested in Mannar

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 17 August 2004, 11:28 GMT]
Sleuths from Sri Lanka's Anti -Narcotics Bureau arrested four persons with 4.5 kilograms of pure heroin in Mannar, Police in the island town said Tuesday. The arrest was made on information provided by a man from Mannar and two Indian nationals with 1490 grams of pure heroin who were taken into custody by Police from the Anti Narcotic Bureau last Thursday in Thillayadi in Puttalam. Mannar has emerged as a key transit point for drug smuggling from South India to Colombo.

The arrest may help uncover a major heroin smuggling ring in Mannar, according Police.

The four persons who were arrested yesterday in Uppukkulam, a suburb of Mannar town, had grappled with the Anti Narcotic Bureau Police who had to open fire to subdue the smugglers. Three of the arrested men are brothers, Police said.

The man arrested in Puttalam is a Muslim from Karisal in Pesalai west of Mannar town.

 

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