Chennai: Two Sri Lankans arrested, multi-nation heroin syndicate busted by NCB
Chennai: In a major operation, officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Chennai Zonal Unit, on Friday busted a multi-national heroin syndicate with the arrest of two Sri Lankan nationals in the city.
NCB Zonal Director A Bruno told UNI news agency the two Lankan nationals were key players in the multinational crime syndicate and sharing of intelligence with the Lankan authorities led to the seizure of 100 kg of heroin.
He said the syndicate, having tentacles in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Australia, involved in the trafficking were also busted.
With the arrest of the two Sri Lankan Tamils, who were living in Chennai by concealing their real identities, the NCB has successfully managed to curtail the efforts of a transnational drug trafficking network with its roots deep in countries like Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Earlier, NCB in a joint operation with the Indian Coast Guard had detained a Sri Lankan fishing vessel named ''Shenaya Duwa' in the territorial waters of India near the Tuticorin Port on November 26 last year and seized 95.875 kg of Heroin and 18.325 kg of Methamphetamine from it.
Five pistols and magazines were also found in the possession of the crew of the vessel and were seized.
The six member crew, all of whom were Srl Lankan nationals were arrested and they were in judicial custody now.
(With UNI inputs)