Sunday, February 25, 2007

Sri Lankan Drug Smuggler Jailed

Sri Lankan Drug Smuggler Jailed: "A Sri Lankan man who smuggled over two grams of cannabis into the country has been jailed for life.

The Criminal Court passed the life sentence on Rathnayaka Mudiyanselaga Jayasintha on February 8, the Attorney General’s website says.

He had smuggled the cannabis leaves wrapped in tissue and jammed into a cigarette packet. Jayasintha worked as onboard MV Anakuree which sailed from Tuticorin, India, on the December 12 last year. He was arrested when Customs and Maldives Police Service officials found the drugs.

Jayasintha pleaded guilty to drug smuggling, but said that while he was an addict, he was not a dealer and he did not realise importing cannabis into the Maldives was illegal."

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