A total of 15,290 individuals were arrested by excise officials and items worth more than Rs 250 million were seized in total of 18,164 raids.
Excise Commissioner (Law Enforcement) Kapila Kumarasinghe said the raids were conducted in accordance with the Excise Ordinance, the Poisons, Opium, and Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, the Narcotic Psychotropic Convention Act, the Tobacco Tax Act and the National Authority on Tobacco and Liquor Act.
He noted that 14,562 raids were conducted under the Excise Ordinance, 2,801 raids under the Poisons, Opium, and Dangerous Drugs Ordinance and Narcotic Psychotropic Convention Act, and 801 raids under the Tobacco Tax Act and National Authority on Tobacco and Liquor Act.
He said that the highest number of raids, 9,113, were conducted under the excise ordinance for possessing, transporting and selling adulterated sprits and 1,173 raids for illegally possessing , transporting and selling foreign liquor.
He said that 1,652 raids were conducted for possessing, transporting and selling heroin,113 raids for smoking in public places and apartment areas and 224 raids for tobacco related offenses.
The raids were conducted by the excise narcotic bureaus attached to 57 excise stations and five special operation centres all over the country.
Public can give information to the Department over the hotline number 1913 or 0112877688 in connection with excise offences taking place in their areas, Kumarasinghe added.
BY Naalir Jamaldeen