Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi
17 Jun, 2021 | 9:19 am
COLOMBO (News 1st): Sri Lanka Police, have successfully detected and arrested two main drug traffickers involved in the mobile drug network in the country, for the 1st time in the history of narcotic operations.
“The two suspects were identified as the main drug traffickers in respect of various drug trafficking rings detected in the Southern part of the country; This is the 1st time, Sri Lanka Police were able to arrest and detect the mobile drug network that had been operated for years in the country,” Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana told News 1st on Thursday (Jun. 17).
Accordingly, a 41-year-old woman was arrested for the offence of drug trafficking during a special anti-narcotic operation conducted by the Walana Central Anti-Vice Striking Unit on Wednesday (Jun. 16) in Thihariya, Kalagedihena of the Nittambuwa Police area; 13 ATM cards and 04 mobile phones were recovered from the suspect’s possession.
A 50-year-old person of Pahathgama, Hanwella was arrested by the Anti-Vice Striking Unit; a sum of Rs. 720,000 along with 08 ATM cards were recovered from the suspect’s possession, according to the Deputy Police Chief.
“The drug trafficking ring was conducted in a manner where the customers do not visit the sellar physically; instead the perpetrators sold the drugs via phone calls and messaging applications such as Viber and WhatsApp with the support of the two suspects arrested yesterday (16),” DIG Ajith Rohana elaborated on the modus operandi of the narcotic ring.
The two main drug traffickers have been handed over to the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB).
“Based on the investigations conducts so far, the information had come to light that the two suspects were operating under the infamous drug dealer, Nandun Chinthaka alias ‘Harak Kata’ who is currently in Dubai at present,” the Police Spokesperson noted.
According to DIG Ajith Rohana, five more suspects recognized as the territorial sellers of Heroin in connection with the same drug trafficking ring were arrested in Matara and Weligama areas yesterday, by the Central Anti-Vice Striking Unit.
The five suspects will be produced at the respective courts today (Jun. 17).
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