July 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka police say that although large hauls of heroin are seized on a regular basis, the supply has not been weakened in the local market.
Police said the investigations have shown that heroin is available in the retail market at normal prices.
Shortages of the narcotic and the exorbitant prices that were seen in the past immediately after a seizure of a large haul of heroin are not seen in the country now, according to police.
The drug addicts who were seen on roadsides in the past are also not seen nowadays, the police say.
Police suspect the wholesale drug suppliers have smuggled large stocks of drugs into the island.
The Customs Department on Monday seized a large heroin haul of nearly100 kilograms with a street value of nearly Rs. 700 million. Last month the Special Task Force (STF) seized 85 kilograms of heroin during a special operation and arrested two suspects while last week, the police recovered nine kilograms of heroin worth Rs. 63 million.
Analysts say that the drug racketeers are using Sri Lanka as a hub for international drug trade.