The Police Special Task Force (STF) arrested W.K. Sameera Sampath Fernando alias ‘Hal Sameera’, along with several firearms and ammunition yesterday (23).
The Police have conducted a search at a house in the Minuwangoda area on Monday (22), following a tip-off received by the STF’s special operations unit.
It is reported that the 36-year-old suspect had collected rice on a large scale from rice producers across the island by issuing bounced cheques and engaged in rice racketeering.
The suspect had been convicted and imprisoned on several occasions for illegal activities. It is also reported that he had extorted money from several people in Kochchikade and Katana.
Moreover, two Italian revolvers with no serial numbers, a Chinese shotgun, a sword, ten 9mm bullets, two .38mm bullets and eleven 12-bore shotgun shells were seized during the STF’s raid.
By Sahan Tennekoon