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* PNB officers alleged of drug running remanded further till Aug 18
Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 12:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 04, Colombo: Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne has further remanded the 13 officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) who were arrested on charges of having links with drug traffickers until the 18th of August.

When the case against the 13 PNB officers was taken up before the Colombo Magistrate Court Tuesday, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris said the officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau who are currently in custody have misused 281 kilograms of heroin and more than 46 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine (ice) that were seized by the Navy and handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau.

The Deputy Solicitor General made this statement while presenting a report today summarizing how the suspects were involved in drug running.

The 13 suspects were not produced in court today due to COVID-19 and they are being held at the Angunakolapelessa Prison.

Mr. Peiris told the court that investigations have revealed how each suspect had earned between Rs. 1.0-1.7 million from the heroin and ice handed over to the PNB by the Navy by selling them back to drug dealers.

The Deputy Solicitor General informed the court that the observations made by the Government Analyst on the four vehicles found in the custody of Inspector Udara Chathuranga have been received and the Government Analyst had observed that there were drug and morphine traces on the front of the vehicles, under the left seat and at the spare wheel mount.

He emphasized that if the vehicles were used in the raids, there would be no need to hide them in secret locations. Therefore, he pointed out that this is a suspicious situation.

It was revealed that in addition to drug trafficking, the suspects had also smuggled firearms and that an imported firearm was found in the custody of the suspect named Lionel Jayaratne.

The Deputy Solicitor General stated that four similar firearms were found by the Colombo Crimes Division in a wooded area in the Aththidiya area last Saturday. He said they were investigating whether the firearms had been used for criminal activities.

Mr. Dileepa Peiris informed the court that the Government Analyst had observed that 22 out of the 23 packets of heroin sent to the Government Analyst from the Police Narcotics Bureau had been cut opened and material removed.

After considering the facts, Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne remanded the 13 suspects until August 18.

 

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