Sept 09, Colombo: The Narcotics Division of Sri Lanka Customs Department has suspended releasing two containers from the ports due to suspicion that they may have drugs hidden in them.
The two containers said to contain potato have been imported from Pakistan and the importer however, had not cleared them although the import of potato was highly profitable in the past weeks.
The Customs took steps to auction the two containers since the owners did not clear them. Two business persons suspected of having links to the underworld acquired them. They have tried to clear them without discarding about 30 percent of the potato that was not suitable for human consumption.
Their claim that they would subject the containers of potato to a secondary auction, which is illegal too, compelled the Customs to suspect the move and to suspend the release of the containers.
The containers are now being inspected for drugs.
Sri Lanka Customs recently seized 260 kilo grams of heroin packed in lubricant tins in a container that came from Pakistan.
Sri Lanka's National Dangerous Drugs Control Board says the country is a transit point for drugs coming mostly from Pakistan, Afghanistan and India and heading to European countries.