The Police have also arrested more than 22,000 suspects in connection with drug trafficking and possession.
Police Media Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said this year so far, 12,890 suspects have been arrested with 473 kilos of heroin worth over Rs.8 billion and 1,458 suspects with 300 kilos of methamphetamine, popularly known as ‘ICE’.
Also he said 8509 suspects have been arrested with 3485 kilos of cannabis this year, valued at around Rs.770 million.
The Police Media Spokesman said that it has been revealed that heroin is being transported by boats from seas off the Southern areas and drugs such as cannabis are being smuggled into the country from the North Seas.
“About 40 key individuals who operated the drug networks have been arrested and are in jail,” the Police Media Spokesman said.