The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board opined that the recent consignment of cocaine, the largest detection of the drug made thus far in the country, was most probably for re-exportation.

Director General of the Board, K. Gamage confirmed that there was not one single user of cocaine found in the residential treatment programmes and rehabilitation centres, maintained in the country, adding that it was heroin and cannabis sativa/marijuana which were the drugs of choice here.

He said that the Board would be discussing about new trends in the local drug market with the Police Narcotics Bureau and also whether the recent shipment was for local consumption or was a transit consignment.

Chairman of the Board, Senior Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo, Prof. Ravindra Fernando added that cocaine due to its very expensive street value was not very popular or widely used in the country.

He said that Sri Lanka was understood to be a transit point, he noted.

“It is used by those who are monetary and financial means wise in the upper class or middle class or upper middle class. This consignment is reported to have come from Brazil. Cocaine is produced mainly in South America. Once there is a bust, the Police will have to keep on tracing until they get to the root,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile trade unions reportedly alleged that politicians underworld figures were pressurising the authorities to release seized consignment of narcotics, especially heroin.(RLJ)