STF nabs eight men, liquor haul in hooch raid
The Special Task Force (STF) arrested eight persons along with 751
bottles of illicit liquor on Wednesday.
The five men and the hooch haul were taken into custody from
Wennappuwa, Passaram, Matara and Akmeemana.
STF sources said the illicit liquor is valued at over Rs 600,000. The
STF also took into custody several barrels, cans, pipes, bottles and
The STF handed over the eight men and the items to the Police.
Meanwhile, the STF arrested two persons who were operating an illegal
mobile timber centre in Sooriyagahagoda, Panamura.
The illegally felled timber is valued at over Rs 75,000. The suspects
and the timber were handed over to the Forest Range Office in
The STF also arrested five persons who were mining sand illegally at
Panichchiaru, Silawathura. Officers of the Mannar STF camp seized a
tractor, a trailer, a cube of sand and a shovel along with the suspects.
The STF handed over the suspects and the items to Silawathura Police.