A total of 16kg and 345g of the chemical substance methamphetamine (also known as crystal-meth), and four Iranian nationals who smuggled it into Sri Lanka, were taken into custody by the Customs and the Narcotics Division of the Katunayake Airport Police.
Two of the Iranians were nabbed during the early hours of Wednesday (11th) morning by Airport Customs Officials who found hidden in their luggage 8kg and 85g of the substance.
The Narcotics Division of the Katunayake Airport Police who were informed of the find had taken into custody and questioned the two men, leading to the arrest of a third Iranian at Colombo Fort, who had hidden in his luggage 8kg and 260g of the substance.
The fourth was arrested by the Narcotics Division of the Katunayake Airport Police whilst attempting to flee the country.
All four Iranian nationals are being held for further questioning, while Interpol assistance is being sought by the Sri Lanka Police who say that the haul is the biggest yet of any chemical substance found on the island.
Methamphetamine is a psychoactive stimulant drug that works on the central nervous system, with a high potential for abuse. It is however approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactive disorders s such as ADHD and exogenous obesity.