Dec 17, Colombo: A special four-hour operation launched Saturday (16) night covering all police divisions across the island has made over 1800 arrests and seized consignments of illegal drugs and alcohol.
The special police operation under the direction of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera was carried out between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Saturday by all police stations in the country.
Police Headquarters said that 14,706 police officers and 10 police dogs took part in the operation.
As a result of the operation, 559 people with arrest warrants and 92 suspects wanted for crimes have been arrested. Another 720 persons have been arrested on suspicion.
Police conducted 586 raids on places selling illicit liquor and narcotics and seized more than 24 milligrams of heroin and more than eight kilograms of cannabis. They have seized 26,239 liters of illegal liquor following the raids.
The police also cited 4,472 traffic violations during the island wide operation and arrested 501 drunk drivers.
Police have seized six illegal firearm during the operation.