Written by Tharushan Fernando
17 Jun, 2015 | 8:33 pm
Lawyers are of the view that a mechanism is needed to prevent the inflow of drugs seized in police raids back in to the market through certain officers.
Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekera had stated that there is a risk of drugs leaving the possession of the officers only when they are being seized by the Police. He said investigations are underway to determine how a police constable attached to the Peliyagoda Crime Division, who was was arrested June 16 over the involvement in a heroin trade, came in to possession of the drugs.
A woman engaged in the drug trade was arrested by the Police Special Task Force along with another man in Wattala for the possession of three grams of heroin on Monday. Upon being questioned, the two suspects claimed they were supplied with the narcotics by a constable attached to Peliyagoda Police.
The suspects had also revealed that the money earned through the sale of narcotics are handed over to the police constable at the end of the day.
Police said that the suspect constable was arrested after he was informed to come and obtain the days collection. He has been suspended.
Attorney-at-Law Dharshana Kuruppu noted that a suspect will never confess in court that he possessed 15 kilogrammes of narcotics and that the story where the police produced only five kilogrammes will also not be spoken of.
He also added that whenever a suspect is produced in court, he or she will deny possessing the drugs and if the Police are not producing the actual amount of drugs that were seized. He said if they are simply trying to prove that the suspect is involved in the drug trade by producing a portion of the seized drugs, that matter cannot be taken easily.
He further noted that the Government must intervene and formulate a mechanism; and said that if that does not happen, the good name of the police force will be scarred because of a group of corrupt officers .
Police Media Spokespern ASP Ruwan Gunesekera added that if a police officer commits such an offense, he will not go unpunished by the Police Department and that strict action will be taken against such an officer.
He further noted that the drugs brought into the police station do not leave the station but if the drugs leave the premises, it has to be documented. He also said investigations have found that this arrested police officer may have concealed little portions of the drugs without submitting it to the police station .
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