A wanted Sri Lankan underworld drug kingpin, Makandure Madush, was among several prominent figures arrested red-handed in a raid at a hotel in Dubai, the police have confirmed to Khaleej Times.
Among the 20 suspects arrested was a visitor carrying a diplomatic passport and popular singer Amal Perera, according to sources. A large quantity of drugs was recovered from the suspects in the joint operation by the Dubai Police and Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities.
Madush, who is among Sri Lanka’s most wanted criminals, had been evading arrest for the past couple of years.
The authorities are now in talks with Dubai to extradite him to Sri Lanka. According to Sri Lankan media reports, Amal Perera’s son Nadimal and underworld criminals Keselwatte Dinuka and Kachcipani Imran were among those arrested.