A’pura Narco Head Apprehended for Drug Trafficking
By Keerthi Mendis, Chamara Amarasooriya and Thameenah Razeek
Head of the Narcotics Unit of the Anuradhapura Crimes Investigation Division was arrested yesterday (18), on charges of engaging in heroin trafficking using the eZ Cash system. The Inspector was arrested along with 77 heroin packets, ten mobile phones and several NICs.
The suspect is a resident of Matale. The arrest was made by Anuradhapura HQI CI Sanjeewa Mahanama at about 11.30 a.m. in Kawarakkulama, Anuradhapura.
The suspect has been serving in the Anuradhapura Divisional Crimes Investigation Division for about one-year. Police officers who conducted the raid seized 64 small packets of heroin and 13 large packets having a street value of Rs 500,000. Apart from that, 10 mobile phones used for transferring money under the eZ Cash system, 12 SIM cards, two driving licences, five NICs, two bank cards and a motorcycle used to transport drugs in the possession of the suspect.
CI Mahanama had received a tip-off three months ago that the suspect was involved in drug trafficking through the eZ Cash system. Mahanama had informed Anuradhapura SSP, Kithsiri Lanka Geeganage and was closely monitoring the suspect.
He once again received a tip-off that the suspect would engage in selling these drugs on 18 January and three Police Inspectors were sent to the Kawarakkulama area to monitor what was going on.
The suspect was arrested when he tried to bury a packet of drugs near the Ganesh statue in the area. At this juncture, the suspect attemted to escape, and had thrown his mobile phone into a nerby paddy field. Police later retrieved the mobile phone.
The suspect was to be produced before the Anuradhapura Magistrate and to obtain a detention order for seven days.
Further investigations are being carried out under the instructions of Anuradhapura SDIG Nandana Munasinghe, DIG Kithsiri Jayalath, SSP Kithsiri Lanka Geeganage and ASP K.A.J.S. Kodisinghe. CI Mahanama will lead the investigation with the assistance of four Police officers.