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Operation ‘Yukthiya’: 1,100 more drug suspects under arrest

Release time:2024-01-03 Publisher:South Asia Development

During the ongoing island-wide anti-drug operation ‘Yukthiya’, the security forces personnel have arrested over 1,100 more suspects on suspicion of drug peddling.

As such, a total of 1,182 more drug suspects have been placed under arrest within a 24-hour window ending at 12:30 a.m. today (Jan.03).

According to the Public Security Ministry, detention orders were secured for 44 suspects for further interrogations. Another 47 were sent to rehabilitation centres.

Meanwhile, 138 individuals who were on the list of Island Re-convicted Criminals are also among the recent arrestees.

Further, 287g of heroin, 246g of methamphetamine (‘Ice’), 5.4kg of cannabis, 119 narcotic pills and 19,052 cannabis plants were seized in the anti-drug operation.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Police on Tuesday (Jan.02) introduced a hotline for the public to provide information in relation to the ongoing anti-drug operation.

The hotline was introduced under the directive of the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Deshabandu Tennakoon. Accordingly, the members of the public are urged to contact the Police Headquarters via the phone number 071 859 8800 if they have information about any drug-related offenders or underworld activities.

The island-wide operation was launched in late December 2023, on the instructions of Public Security Minister Tiran Alles and Acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon, in a bid to eradicate drug trafficking, organized crime and other related offences in the country.