Sep 30, 2017

President orders to destroy Rs. 39b worth drugs! Featured

A stock of drugs including cocaine seized by the Police and the Narcotics units over a period of time, with a market value of around Rs. 39 billion lying in storage was ordered to be destroyed publicly for the first time in the country’s history, by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Accordingly, 982 kilos of drugs and 1,028 kilos of cocaine is expected to be publicly destroyed.

These stocks of seized heroin and other narcotics are now stored at the courts stores, Government Analyst’s stores and Anti-Narcotics units stores, which is raising concerns. Therefore, the Commanding Officer of the Police STF, Senior DIG M.R. Lathif had suggested that these drugs be destroyed.

Accordingly, it was decided to keep samples for court purposes and destroy the stocks of drugs.

The drugs will be destroyed in incinerators without causing harm to the environment within the next two weeks, it is reported.