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Two associates of Dubai based drug trafficker arrested in Kandy

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Hotel owner, vehicle supplier in police net for acting as agents

The Illegal Assets Investigation Division of the Criminal Investigation Department has arrested two of the   main associates of a drug trafficker named ‘Bulla’ who is said to be smuggling drugs from Dubai on a large scale to Sri Lanka.

During the inspection of the bank accounts of the suspects, it has been revealed by police investigations that more than Rs.200 million had circulated in those accounts within a short period.

Police said that one of the two arrested suspects is a hotel owner in Kandy and the other is a vehicle supplier in the tourism industry. Katugastota Police have found a receipt from a person who was arrested on suspicion of drug charges in Kalugalawatta, where money was deposited into a bank account. During the questioning in this regard, the suspect said that the drugs were obtained by crediting the money to the account of a person involved in a large-scale drug trafficking in Sri Lanka.

In the course of further investigations, another person caught the attention of the police who is said to be involved in drug trafficking while maintaining close contact with the person who owns the relevant account.

Those two persons have 10 bank accounts, and police investigations have revealed that after sending money to the account of the person, who runs the drug trade from Dubai, he gave the drugs to these two people and they distributed them to different places in the country.

Suspects aged 38 and 40 residing in Kandy were arrested last Friday (26). Investigations have also revealed that the two suspects have many illegally acquired assets.

After being detained and interrogated for a week and five days, under the Narcotics Ordinance Act, Money Laundering Act and Dangerous Drugs Act, yesterday (31) the suspects were brought before Kandy Chief Magistrate Shreenith Wijesekera and remanded until June 14.


Thursday, June 1, 2023 – 01:00

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