COLOMBO: Sri Lankan customs agents claim to have seized 250 kilograms of heroin worth $19 million from a container sent from Pakistan, in what an official says was the largest-ever stock of heroin nabbed in South Asia.

Customs director Mali Piyasena says the heroin was found Friday at a terminal in the capital, Colombo. The heroin was concealed inside 17,500 small grease cans packed into a large container sent from Karachi.

Piyasena says a Pakistani national and three Sri Lankans were arrested in connection to the seizure and will be handed over to the police narcotics division after the completion of a customs investigation.

He says it was the largest-ever haul of heroin seized in South Asia.

Officials say Pakistan is primarily a transit country for opiates and heroin produced in Afghanistan and over 200 tonnes — estimated to be worth between $25 and $30 billion — annually passes through Pakistan “safely”.

According to a report published in Dawn, Pakistan customs officials say between 210 and 240 tonnes of heroin was smuggled from Afghanistan and reached the global market after passing through Pakistan in the year 2011.

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sabeeh omer
August 31, 2013 5:50 pm

Shame to Pakistani custom officials and Anti-Narcotic Forces placed at Karachi port. What were they doing? Either not doing their job or were and are in collusion with the smugglers. All on duty on the day the cargo made its way through the custom should be put behind bars. No second thought!

am
August 31, 2013 6:17 pm

Good business to earn foreign currency for the country by the nonstate actors with the help of state actors.

Solitar
August 31, 2013 6:23 pm

Where has the CM gone???

mahek
August 31, 2013 6:55 pm

Shame on the people who export,help in transit,corrupt officials including ministers who turn blind eye on this pracctice bringing bad name to pakistan every now and then.

Jaihind
August 31, 2013 8:12 pm

Shameless customs department, government and politicians..fully incapable and corrupt.

VIpul
August 31, 2013 10:00 pm

I think they are truly continuing the tradition of polluting the nonbeliver society and destroying them.

A shah
September 1, 2013 2:36 am

Wonderful, another feather in Pakistans cap!

KASHIF
September 1, 2013 9:21 am

Whoelse and Whatelse....!

Parvez
September 2, 2013 12:57 am

Containerisation revolutionised shipping but its biggest drawback, all over the world, is its vulnerability to misuse.............this can only be checked by dedicated people and good intelligence.

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