Sri Lanka Police during a special operation conducted Saturday (31) arrested 36 youths, who were engaged in a pilgrimage to the sacred Sri Pada mountain with drugs in their possession.
During the emergency operation Hatton Police Anti Vice squad conducted the operation with the help of a Police dog at the Police Check Point in Diyagala on Hatton Colombo main road.
The Hatton Police canine unit’s Police dog Cora was able to find the suspects who were in possession of heroin, Kerala cannabis and illegal cigarettes.
The suspects are aged between 18 and 30 years and are residents of Kegalle, Matale, Galle, Matara, Kalutara, Panadura and Avissawella areas.
They were produced before the Hatton Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Special police teams have been deployed day and night on the route to Sri Pada to arrest pilgrims who bring drugs and liquor and over the past three months since the start of the pilgrimage season, police have arrested around 600 suspects for bringing drugs on the pilgrimage.