By Rose Kenny
Seven Pakistani nationals including one female, convicted of smuggling heroin into Sri Lanka, have been handed the life imprisonment sentence by the Negombo High Court, the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
The suspects were arrested by the Customs and handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau under the charges of importing, possession and trafficking heroin.
The convicts include four Pakistani suspects who were arrested by the Customs officers and later handed over to the PNB for investigations.
The Negombo High Court had delivered the verdict after all seven of them pleaded guilty to the charges levelled against them on August 28th.
Convicted Pakistani suspects Andul Kashif was charged for Smuggling in 425g of heroin into Sri Lanka on March 13th, 2016, Khan Abbas for Smuggling in 8kg 628g of heroin into Sri Lanka on April 5th, 2016, Ikram Muhammed for Smuggling in 973g of heroin into the country on May 14th 2017, Muhammed Nadeem for Smuggling in 1kg 26g of heroin on May 26th, 2017, Qadir Sahabzada for Smuggling in 136g of heroin into Sri Lanka on August 7th, 2017, Shakir Muhammed for Smuggling in 376g of heroin into Sri Lanka on the 7th of August 2017 and Qadir Faiza Ali for Smuggling in 82g of heroin into Sri Lanka on the 7th of August 2017.
The suspects are held at the Negombo Prison.