COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka’s army seized $65 million worth of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine on Wednesday within the u . S .’s biggest drugs bust, officials stated.

performing on a tip-off, government raided a flagless vessel inside the usa’s southern waters and arrested nine Pakistani guys suspected of smuggling the drugs.

navy employees, wearing special protecting apparel in case the suspects had COVID-19, found 605 kilogrammes of crystal meth, also known as ice, and 579 kilogrammes of ketamine, said army Commander Piyal de Silva.

"that is the primary time we've observed ketamine and it's far likely that the smugglers were trying to take this shipment to some East Asian destination," de Silva informed journalists inside the capital Colombo.

Sri Lanka’s defence ministry stated the drugs had an estimated road cost in Colombo of about 12,500 million rupees ($sixty five million), making it the country’s largest single seizure of medicine.

last month, the military seized two overseas trawlers carrying more than $33 million worth of heroin and ice.

government said initial investigations recommended the Iran-Pakistan coast became the factor of origin.