The Colombo Chief Magistrate has granted the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) approval to further detain and question nine Iranians arrested in the southern seas with heroin.
The nine Iranians were arrested yesterday after a trawler they were travelling in was detained by the Navy and PNB in a joint operation.
The trawler was found to be transporting 107.22 kg of heroin said to be worth over Rs. 1 Billion.
The vessel was escorted to the Colombo harbour after being detained in the Southern Seas.
Investigations revealed that the crew of the vessel had dumped part of the heroin at sea.
The vessel is believed to have arrived from Pakistan when it was detected and detained in the southern seas.
Investigators also said that they suspect the vessel is linked to notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush who was detained in Dubai recently. (Colombo Gazette)