INTERPOL red notices issued on 130 Lankans

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BY Thameenah Razeek

INTERPOL red notices have been issued against 130 suspects, who have fled the country and are hiding abroad.

Senior Police Spokesman SDIG Ajith Rohana said, it has been revealed that the majority of drug traffickers and those involved in drug offences in Sri Lanka have fled the country and are hiding in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He also said a special investigation has been launched.

Addressing the media, SDIG Rohana noted the majority of the criminals are evading the Dubai authorities. Last year, the Police Narcotics Bureau and the Special Task Force arrested 95,000 people during raids, conducted by both units. 

“Among the evidence seized were 1,630 kilograms of heroin, 15,000 kilograms of cannabis, and approximately 377 kilograms of synthetic drugs. So far this year, approximately 800 suspects have been arrested in connection with drug trafficking operations. 360 kilos of heroin and 2100 kilos of cannabis were confiscated this year,” he said.

Meanwhile, SDIG Rohana stated that those who fled the country will face legal action under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. “On-going operations against international drug trafficking are being carried out with the assistance of the Police Narcotics, Special Task Force, Customs, and the Navy. They are prosecuted under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for their immovable and movable property earned from narcotics, as well as their illicit assets, in addition to drug trafficking,” he said.