Dec 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ra6tnayke says that the government is determined to stop the illegal drug trafficking and underworld activities in the island and has launched a program to intensify the battle against the criminals.
The Minister said the drug trafficking and underworld are interrelated issues and are largely carried out by the same group of people.
He said a program is already in operation to arrest the underworld leaders, who are hiding in foreign countries and leading the drug trafficking and other crimes in the island and bring them to the country.
"We will continue these raids. No one can stop the program launched to eliminate the underworld gang activities and drug trafficking from this country. That day is not too far off. We perform this process in an orderly manner," Minister Ratnayake said.
The Minister said the process has received the blessings of the President and the Prime Minister.
According to the Minister, this year 13 kilograms of heroin with a street value over Rs. 136 million have been seized by the Special Task Force (STF) police and by the newly established Organized Crimes Prevention Division.
Form the 1st January 2017 to 27th December, the STF has seized 5.385 kilograms of heroin worth Rs. 53.85 million worth heroin and Organized Crimes Prevention Division established in August this year has seized 8.226 kilograms of heroin worth Rs. 82.27 million, the Minister said.
According to Minister Ratnayake, the STF has conducted 285 raids during the period form 1st January to 22nd December, and has been able to arrest 303 suspects.
Similarly, the Organized Crimes Prevention Division established in August has conducted 160 raids and arrested 167 suspects.
Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake said the operations to curb drug trafficking and underworld gang activities are being carried out more systematically and precisely than in the past.