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Woman who handled drug dealer’s money arrested in Angulana

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Four accounts with over Rs. 45 Mn in Moratuwa banks frozen:

A 33-year-old woman involved in drug trafficking under the directions of a person named Dharme,

alias Dharmasiri Perera, living in Dubai, who is an organized criminal and drug trafficker, was arrested and bank accounts in her name which contained Rs.45 mn was frozen yesterday (28).

According to the Illegal Assets Investigation Division, at the time of the woman’s arrest, Rs.1.875 million which had been in the possession of the suspect was also confiscated, the police said.

Subsequent to being taken into custody by Angulana police with 5000 milligrams of heroin and Rs. 1.875 million, the woman named Charika Rajini Selvadorai, in order to carry out further investigations in terms of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act No. 5 of 2006 regarding

properties and assets that have been acquired illegally based on a written complaint made by the Officer-In-Charge of the Angulana Police Station, to the Illegal Assets Investigation Division,

facts were reported at the Moratuwa Magistrate’s Court and further investigations commenced, the police said.

Police stated that they recorded statements from officers regarding four accounts maintained in four private banks in Moratuwa in the name of the suspect who lives in a house on rent basis at Angulana Sayurupura area in Moratuwa.

The suspect had got to know large-scale drug trafficker and organized criminal Dharmasiri Perera through the Facebook while she was abroad in Jordan in 2021. When she returned to Sri Lanka during the first half of that year, based on the promise of finding a job for her, another large-scale drug dealer had requested an account number from her.

Accordingly, after the suspect had given an account number, an amount of Rs. 2 million had been deposited into it and according to a phone call made by Dharmasiri through IMO technology, it was revealed that Rs.125,000 had been given to an unknown person who came on a motorcycle to her house in Angulana.

During questioning of the suspect, although it was stated that her accounts were in two banks, during the investigations conducted by the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, the police were able to uncover that she had two more bank accounts in her name at two private banks.

Further facts have come to light that more than Rs.20 mn had been deposited in one of those bank accounts, within two months.

Thursday, June 29, 2023 – 01:14

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