Following a directive from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to crack down on the supply of narcotics to schools, special police units from every police station have been deployed to crack down on the narcotics trade which has been on the rise
Head of the Police Narcotics Bureau, DIG Sisira Mendis told the Sunday Times that they are coordinating with all local police stations since Wednesday, to curb the distribution of narcotics among school children. “We have recently learnt that drugs are being sold to children, and to curb such sales, we launched special units from every police station,” he said.
The police launched their war on the drugs trade, following President Rajapaksa stating that the police should act to curb the narcotics trade, which has resulted in the moral decay of the country.
DIG Mendis said they had conducted several raids and arrested several underworld drug lords involved in drug trafficking.
“We have also taken action against several police officers and prisons department officials who were in the pay of these drug lords. Our investigations on their cases are ongoing, and we hope to eradicate the menace”, he said.
Police investigations have identified 10 underworld figures who are being probed for their involvement in the distribution of class “A” narcotics.
Chairperson, Dangerous Drugs Control Board, Mrs. Leisha De Silva told the Sunday Times that they are carrying out islandwide programmes within schools around the country, to educate children of the drug menace.
“We have started several awareness programmes for children in schools, as they are the ones who fall prey to these drug peddlers,” she said.