Jan 20, Colombo: The police have arrested 21 youths who were engaged in a pilgrimage to the sacred Sri Pada mountain with drugs in their possession.
The youths were arrested in an operation conducted by the Hatton Police Anti Vice squad at the Police Check Point at Diyagala on Hatton-Colombo main road.
It has been revealed that these youths came from Colombo, Galle and Matara areas. They were in the possession of ICE (Methamphetamine), hashish, cannabis and Madanamodaka.
The suspects are to be produced before the Hatton Magistrate's Court today.
Special police teams have been deployed day and night on the route to Sri Pada to arrest pilgrims who bring drugs and since the start of the pilgrimage season. Hatton Police Anti Vice squad said such raids will be conducted regularly.