Crimes Detection Unit in Negombo uncovered a big time racket where crystal methamphetamine (Ice) had been transported on lorries carrying fish from Mannar to Negombo.

The Police had also been able to arrest the suspect involved in handing over the illegal drug stocks to be transported to Negombo from Mannar to its main smuggler.

Police said they arrested the chief buyer after investigating the racket over time. So far the authorities had been able to seize Ice worth Rs 30 million transported from Mannar to Negombo. Police added that the main smuggler based in Mannar owns several boats and fishing trawlers and receives the drugs off the coast which later is distributed to the rest of the country.

By Keerthi Mendis