Intoxicant racket between Lanka, England busted

images (1)A Pakistani national who led a large scale intoxicant racket between Sri Lanka and England with the help of top officers of the Colombo Central Mail Exchange was arrested by Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers.

CID officers found 14 kilos of intoxicants in the suspect’s possession.

The officers busted the racket following investigations conducted at the Colombo Central Mail Exchange.

Investigations revealed that once the intoxicants arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport, the drugs were collected in vehicles belonging to the Colombo Central Mail Exchange and distributed among drug peddlers.

CID’s Forged Currency Bureau OIC who was tip-offed about a parcel of intoxicants which was to arrive in Sri Lanka from Karachchi, Pakistan via Express Mail Service, had deployed CID officers at the Central Mail Exchange.

The officers were informed that the stock of intoxicants arrived in Sri Lanka on March 17 and Central Mail Exchange officers had sent it to the owner on March 18.

However, according to data available at the Central Mail Exchange, it had been noted that the owner had taken the stock on March 17 afternoon.

CID officers questioned several post masters, deputy post masters and employees attached to the unit which revealed the goods had been taken out from customs without being checked on a a request by an official at the Central Mail Exchange.

Investigations also revealed that a parcel had been delivered to another Pakistani drug peddler at Main Street, Pettah in a three-wheeler belonging to the Central Mail Exchange.

Investigators also found two parcels containing two kilos of intoxicants inside a plane at the BIA which was to be sent to England through the Central Mail Exchange. They were addressed to two foreigners.

Then CID on questioned several high ranking officers attached to the Central Mail Exchange arrested another Pakistani staying at Wellawatta along with nine parcels containing 12 kilos of intoxicants.

The CID also found that the Pakistani is married to a Sri Lankan woman. Investigations revealed the intoxicants were sold near schools, night clubs and beach parties for Rs. 3.500. A kilo of intoxicant contained around 20,000 tablets.

The CID has launched a special operation to nab top officials of the Central Mail Exchange.

Investigations are being conducted by the CID Forged Currency Bureau OIC B.A.N. Priyadarshana on the direction of CID Director SSP Sugath Nagahamulla.