Navy obtains satellite data to detect foreign vessel with heroin

The Sri Lanka Navy says it obtained satellite data to detect another foreign vessel with heroin.

This is the second such foreign vessel to be detected by the Navy at sea in recent weeks.

Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara said that the stateless vessel is to be brought ashore over the next few days.

He said that seven people were on the vessel at the time it was seized.

The Navy said that it was able to detect the vessel in the high seas, around 548 nautical miles (985km) off Sri Lankan shores and found approximately 260kg of heroin and 56kg of crystal methamphetamine.

The navy said that international information exchange and data analysis of satellite communications were used into good effect in this operation. (Colombo Gazette)

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