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Alleged drug trafficking by PNB officers

CID to take legal action against Police officers for aiding and abetting

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne yesterday instructed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to take legal action against senior ranked Police officers, if it was revealed that these officers had assisted the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers, who have been charged for alleged drug trafficking.

The Magistrate also pointed out that if there were senior ranked Police officers who assisted the suspects,  that would hamper further investigations and evidence. The Magistrate observed that there is a possibility of them going abroad.

When the matter was taken up, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing on behalf of the Attorney General’s Department informed the Magistrate that Sub Inspector Kalupahanage Ajith Premalal attached to the Special Task Force was arrested for allegedly assisting the Police Narcotics Bureau officers arrested for transport heroin.

DSG Dileepa Peiris further informed the Court that investigations have revealed the arrested STF officer had talked with drug dealer Gampola Vidanage Samantha Kumara alias “Wele Suda” via mobile phone on a number of occasions. Investigations have further revealed that the above drug trafficking operations were controlled by an underworld character known as Udara Sampath currently living in Dubai. DSG Dileepa Peiris requested the Magistrate to name him as the 14th suspect in this matter. DSG Dileepa Peiris also stated that the arrested STF officer was currently grilled on detention orders.

Considering the request made by the DSG, the Magistrate named Udara Sampath as the 14th suspect in this matter.

DSG Dileepa Peiris further informed the court that the suspects had gone to Matara last April and brought 130 kilogrammes of heroin to Colombo. Out of the 130 kilogrammes, 25 kilogrammes had been unloaded in the Hikkaduwa area. The CID arrested an individual called “Neel” along with 11 kilogrammes and 888 grammes of heroin in Hikkaduwa. The CID also seized two T 56 weapons, two foreign made firearms, 82 live bullets, an electronic scale and four magazines from the possession of this suspect. DSG Dileepa Peiris also informed the Court that the drug traffickers used colour codes to identify their drug packets.

The Magistrate issued an order directing the Government Analyst to produce a report pertaining to the firearms and bullets.

The prosecution was represented by CID ASP Meryl Ranjan Lamahewa and several other Police Officers. A group of lawyers led by Attorneys Ajith Pathirana, Wasantha Pitigala and Dhammi Rathnayake appeared on behalf of the suspects.

Taking the submissions into consideration, the Court ordered the suspect PNB officers to be produced in Court at the next hearing and ordered the suspects to be further remanded till September 14.

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