International trafficking of heroin substitute stopped with the help of Eurojust

EPA-EFE/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

Bags of heroine lie on display at the Sri Lanka Narcotics Bureau in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22 January 2019. The detection was made by Sri Lanka Narcotics Bureau officials and the Special Task Force and is valued at more than 7 million US dollars. Two Americans, one Afghanistan national and two Sri Lankans were arrested while in possession of the drugs. This is the first time that an American citizen has been arrested since 1994 related to a narcotic drugs case. Some 739 kgs of heroin has been detected during 2018 and another 107 kgs detected in the month of January 2019. Sri Lanka is fast becoming a transit point for narcotic drugs and the authorities are faced with the daunting task of battling the drug kingpins.

International trafficking of heroin substitute stopped with the help of Eurojust


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Europol assisted in the joint action together with judicial and law enforcement authorities from France, Poland and Ukraine.
The operation led to 9 arrests and the seizing of more than 7200 pills of a total value of $100.000 on the Ukrainian illegal market along with cars, cash, equipment, and other valuable evidence of the criminal activities.
Europol assisted in the joint action day by deploying a mobile office in France. More than 150 magistrates and law enforcement officers were deployed during the joint operation.

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