BY PREMALAL WIJERATNE
A man calling himself Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera’s coordinating secretary, an officer attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and two others were apprehended by Excise Department agents while travelling in two luxury vehicles, transporting pills containing narcotic drugs.
The sting had taken place when the occupants in one of the vehicles had sold the drugs to an Excise agent whilst parked near the World Trade Centre in Colombo Fort. The drugs are said to have been smuggled from abroad and were to be sold secretively at nightclubs and beach parties.
Forty-eight pills worth Rs 150,000 have been confiscated.
The drugs are said to be sold at Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 a pill.
The CID when contacted by the Excise Department with regards to ascertaining the identity of the individual allegedly attached to the CID had initially informed the Excise Department that no such person was employed at the CID.
The Excise Department had then informed the CID that they would then take action to charge the suspect for possessing a fake CID identity card. Following this the CID had confirmed the presence of the said individual’s name in the CID’s register of names.
The four suspects had been presented to the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court during the weekend and have been remanded till 30, June.
Excise Department Narcotics Unit Chief Excise Inspector Thilak Kumara Dissanayake, Excise Inspectors Sanjaya Nishantha, Nishantha Ratnayake, Samitha Lakshan, Asanka Bandara and Ajith Gunasena are the team conducting further investigations.