In continuation of the special island-wide operation ‘Yukthiya’ (Justice) to crack down on narcotics, Sri Lankan security forces have arrested over thousands more suspects in a 24-hour mission ending at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday (Dec.21).

The Ministry of Public Security said a total of 1,865 suspects were arrested during this period.

Financial asset investigations have been initiated on 40 suspects and 134 individuals have been sent for rehabilitation. Additionally, detention orders were secured against 145 suspects.

The drugs impounded during the special island-wide operations include:

• 613g of heroin
• 746g of methamphetamine (‘Ice’)
• 16.5 kg of Cannabis
• 3,142 narcotic pills 
• 272,041 Cannabis plants
• 16g of Hash
• 49.4kg of ‘Mawa’

Since the special raids were kicked off under the operation ‘Yukthiya’ on December 17, the security forces personnel have made more than 10,000 arrests and seized large consignments of narcotics.

Meanwhile, the Illegal Assets and Properties Investigation Division of the police have confiscated assets worth millions of rupees belonging to notorious criminal figures and drug traffickers.