By Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya
Two Police constables were arrested by the STF in Colombo Fort for allegedly possessing 42 cartons of illicit cigarettes, valued at more than half a million rupees. The STF said the raid was conducted near the Junior Police Officers Mess in Pettah on Wednesday following an intelligence tip-off.
Investigations revealed a constable attached to the Colombo Harbour Police and a driver of Police Kennels Unit at Colombo harbour were transporting 8,400 illegal cigarettes.
The STF also seized a van which was used in transporting the contraband. It was revealed that the van belonged to the Colombo Harbour Police Kennels Unit.
The suspects were handed over to the Colombo Fort Police.