Drug trafficking ring crippled - Defence Secretary

April 22, 2021
  • No room for harmful incidents due to restructured intelligence services in the country

We have reformed the intelligence services to thwart the recurrence of tragic incidents similar to Easter Sunday bombings in the country, said Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) last evening (Apr 20).

“Intelligence services are well trained and qualified for their profession but the non existence of a suitable environment to concentrate into their line of work would cripple the flow of the system”, Gen. Gunaratne said pledging that, “We are not repeating the bygone mistake as our intelligence services are performing well”.

The Defence Secretary expressed these remarks while responding to the media at the Attanagalla Rajamaha Viharaya during an all-night Pirith chanting ceremony organized to invoke blessings to overcome the country's COVID-19 situation.

Further responding to a question on risk of recurrence of such an incident in future, he said we have taken measures to thwart similar attempts and actions have also been taken to prevent such detrimental teachings within the society.

Meanwhile, answering on the measures taken to foil various drug trafficking attempts he said “Actions were taken to keep high profile drug smugglers under the microscope while detaining them at the Boossa High Security Prison” adding “Therefore, high profile drug trafficking attempts have been crippled to a greater extent”.

Further elaborating, Gen. Gunaratne stated the struggle of their second layer to continue the illegal practice has also been curtailed with the support of the bordering countries.

Therefore, a huge pressure has been mounted on the drug traffickers while encircling them with the support of the tri-forces, Police, intelligence services and neighbouring states, he added.

Results are not noticeable in the short-term since this is a lengthy process and we will be able to see the success in near future, the Defence Secretary also said.