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Friday, 01 September 2017 - 13:32
Sri Lanka emerging as a transit hub for cocaine - report
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A report filed by Reuters says that international cocaine smugglers are increasingly turning to Sri Lanka, to use the island as a transit hub in Asia. The authorities have made a series of seizures of the drug, some smuggled in containers of sugar from Brazil.

Sri Lankan customs have seized six shipments of high-purity South American cocaine in 14 months, including Asia's largest-ever haul of the drug in December, at its main port.

Sri Lanka is becoming a hub for cocaine as it is a risk-free location with less legal restrictions. About 1,770kg, or 140 million dollars worth of cocaine, had been seized in Sri Lanka, of which 840kg was found in 5 sugar shipments from Brazil.

A 928kg seizure - the largest cocaine haul in Asia - was found in a container of timber on a Colombian ship bound for India. Customs spokesperson, Sunil Jayaratne said the smugglers were also believed to be transferring shipments to small boats at sea before bringing the drugs ashore.

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