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* Nine Iranian nationals arrested with over 100 kg of heroin further remanded
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 10:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 12, Colombo: The nine Iranian nationals, who were arrested last month while transporting over 100 kilograms of heroin in a multi-day trawler off the southern coast of Sri Lanka, were remanded again.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday ordered to remand the suspects until April 23.

The Magistrate also ordered the Police Narcotics Bureau officials to inform the Embassy of Iran in writing to have a translator present in the court at the next hearing.

Producing the suspects in court yesterday, the Police Narcotics Bureau stated that the vessel in question was examined by the Government Analyst's Department.

The police also informed the Court that the stock of heroin found in the trawler was also sent to the Analyst's Department.

Making submissions, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the court that investigations have not revealed that the Iranians were engaged in any sort of fishing activity in the seas.

The Magistrate ordered that the GPS of the trawler be handed over to the officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau for further investigations and that the vessel be held by the Navy.


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