Drugs in evidence storage have not lessened; Government Analyst’s Department

Drugs in evidence storage have not lessened; Government Analyst’s Department

Drugs in evidence storage have not lessened; Government Analyst’s Department

Written by Zulfick Farzan

01 Sep, 2020 | 12:26 pm

Colombo (News 1st); The Government Analyst’s Department said the drugs placed in its custody as evidence material has not lessened in any way.

A Senior Officer at the Government Analyst’s Department said an inventory inspection was carried out revealing the contents are intact and the evidence storage of the Government Analysts Department remains sealed.

He said the storage was sealed by the Criminal Investigations Department and the Government Analyst’s Department Detectives conducting an internal inquiry.

Security of the evidence storage at the Government Analyst’s Department was increased and a separate police post was also established for security purposes.

Two workers attached to the Government Analyst’s Department were recently arrested on the charges trafficking drugs from the evidence storage of the Government Analyst’s Department.

Following the arrest, the evidence storage was subject to special inspections, and samples of the drugs placed there were also obtained for investigations.

Recently, the Government Analyst’s Department urged authorities to appoint a separate team of detectives to conduct a comprehensive investigation on the arrest of the two workers.

Government Analyst G. Ramana in a statement said the department will provide its fullest support to the investigation adding evidence parcels sent to the Government Analyst’s Department are placed in storage following a special security process.

The Government Analyst’s Department stressed, there is no way anyone can swap or change the contents of the evidence parcels containing drugs or other items as per the security measures in place.

On the 19th of August, the Government Analyst’s Department said the two workers arrested by Sri Lanka Police for drug possession were not attached to the department’s narcotics division.

The Government Analyst’s Department added the two workers in question were minor staffers and will be subject to a separate disciplinary inquiry by the department.

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