Cablegate: 2002 International Narcotics Control Strategy

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E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: 2002 International Narcotics Control Strategy
Report for Sri Lanka, statistics update

Refs: (A) Colomobo 2304

- (B) State 240035
- (C) State 240015

1. Please find attached Mission's statistical update
for the 2002 International Narcotics Control Strategy
Report (INSCR).

2. Per instructions in Ref C, Mission is providing the
following statistics for Section V of the 2002 INSCR.
((NOTE: The statistical information was not yet
available from the Sri Lankan government when Ref A was
submitted.)) The Police Narcotics Bureau provided the
following from its collation of data from all government
organizations involved in counternarcotic arrests and
seizures. Figures for 2001 and 2002 cover the first
eleven months of the year. Because of the relatively
small quantities of narcotics involved, units are
kilograms and acres, rather than metric tons and
hectares. ((NOTE: The National Dangerous Drugs Control
Board and the PNB issue slightly different statistics
for the same period, Mission does not have the capacity
to determine which is more precise.))

3. Keyed to instructions in Ref C


V. Statistical Tables

-- Opium
2002 2001 2000

seized 16.77kg 0kg 36.4kg

-- Heroin
seized 60.13kg 81kg 87.1kg

-- Cannabis
cultivation unknown unknown unknown
eradicated 15acres 6acres 15acres
harvested unknown unknown unknown
seized 19,885kg 34,700kg 20,800kg

-- Arrests 15,976 8,593 12,600

-- Users: The NDDCB estimates 50,000 addicts, the PNB
estimates over 100,000, and some NGOs place give
estimates of over 200,000. The Sri Lankan government
currently does not have a tracking means to identify
users or to track those that have been identified
because they have gone to a government run
rehabilitation clinic. Until there is a standardized
means of measuring the number of users in Sri Lanka the
estimates on the amount of users will continue to vary



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