Drug Arrests in Sri Lanka

Since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009, there has been an increased in the number of people arrested for illegal drug offenses.

In 2009, law enforcement agencies arrested 19,000 people on various drug crimes. In 2010, the number of arrests increased to nearly 30,000.

In 2011, the number of drug arrests continued to increase to 40,000.

In the first half of 2012, some 19,000 suspects were arrested for drug crimes in Sri Lanka.  The estimated street value of the drugs seized in the first half of 2012 was worth $7.7 Million. Most of the foreign drug dealers in the country came from India and Pakistan.

According to government data, nearly 3,000 Sri Lankans were being treated for drug abuse in 2009.

(Latest drug trafficking statistics here.)

Source:  “SRI LANKA: Upsurge in illegal drug seizures,” IRIN, October 4, 2012.