Over 80kg Cocaine haul: Pettah business employees to be questioned for seven days

Over 80kg Cocaine haul: Pettah business employees to be questioned for seven days

Over 80kg Cocaine haul: Pettah business employees to be questioned for seven days

Written by Staff Writer

15 Jun, 2016 | 9:15 pm

Court granted permission on Wednesday June 15 for the three suspects connected to the consignment of Cocaine found in a sugar container, to be held for seven days under detention orders for questioning.

Eighty five (85) kilogrammes of Cocaine were discovered on Tuesday in a sugar container which was imported from Brazil, by a business establishment in Pettah. It is learnt that the establishment has been importing sugar for a period of 25 years.

According to officials, the market value of the consignment of drugs is nearly Rs.2.55 billion.

A director, a store manager and a clerk of the company said to have imported the stock of sugar were arrested on suspicion on Tuesday and were produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Lawyer representing the defendants attorney-at-law Ajith Pathirana noted that the person who sent these goods is a foreigner, and by now the Anti Narcotics Division has detained him and is recording his statement.

Meanwhile, a special media briefing was convened in the Finance Ministry with regard to this issue. Head of Unit for combating illegal liquor and drugs, Ministry of Finance Wing Commander (Rtd) Ravi Jayasinghe said that the information was received by an SI who works in his unit on Monday. He stated that as soon as they received the information, investigations were carried out in the container yard after obtaining a special approval from the Minister of Finance.

Senior Superintendent of Police of Colombo North Ajith Rohana noted that this particular local company has imported this stock of sugar through another local company – that company registered in France, had in turn imported the sugar from Brazil.

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