In 2012, security services in Sri Lanka seized a total of 33 pounds of drugs that were being trafficked. In 2013, the amount of hard drugs seized increased to 660 pounds. Criminal justice officials believe that most of the drugs originate from India, and the traffickers use Sri Lanka as a transit hub for shipments… Continue reading Drugs in Sri Lanka
People smugglers operating in Australia were charging asylum seekers up to $10,000 to be smuggled into Australia, according to reports from criminal justice programs. In 2012, police identified 278 boats that was carrying asylum seekers and operated by people smugglers. In the first six months of 2013, nearly 196 boats were identified by police. Data… Continue reading People Smuggler’s Fee for Transport to Australia
Between October 2001 and June 2012, the Australian Crime Commission reported that 964 people died while attempting to reach Australia for asylum purposes. 605 of the deaths occurred between October 2009 and June 2012. A majority of the people who died who were attempting to reach Australia originated from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.… Continue reading Number of Human Smuggling Deaths in Australia
Authorities in the United Kingdom broke up a human smuggling ring that was moving people from Sri Lanka into the country. The human smuggling ring was charging each Sri Lankan up to $6,825 (£4,500) to be smuggled illegally into the United Kingdom. Source: “Arrests made in illegal immigrant smuggling raid,” BBC News, May 22, 2013.
According to wildlife charities, between 3,500 to 5,000 manta rays are killed each year for their gills. A fisherman in Asia is able to make up to $40 for each Manta ray gill that he sells. The dried gills end up in China being sold for up to $2,000. The estimated value of the illegal… Continue reading Price of Manta Rays Gills
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… Continue reading Drug Arrests in Sri Lanka
In the first six months of 2012, the Department of Immigration in Australia reported apprehending 1,340 people from Sri Lnaka who were attempting to claim asylum.The number of asylum seekers was almost five times the number of total people seized in 2011.
Police in Colombo, Sri Lanka broke up a human smuggling ring in the country that was smuggling people into Australia. The operators of the ring were charging people $1,500 (200,000 Sri Lanka Rupees) to be smuggled into Australia through a fishing boat.
Law enforcement agencies in Sri Lanka arrested 22,691 people for marijuana-related crimes between January and October 2011. An addition 11,787 arrests were made for either using, dealing or trafficking heroin in the country, according to a report by the US State Department. (See the cost of marijuana here.) Source: “2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report,”… Continue reading Drug Arrests in Sri Lanka in 2011
An estimated 45,000 heroin users in Sri Lanka use around 763 kilograms of heroin each year, according to the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board. This averages out to over 2 kilos of heroin being consumed each day by drug abusers. In the capital of Colombo, there are an estimated 350 heroin dealers working within the city.