Video: STF nab 85 kilos of heroin

2014-06-12 04:14:31

The Police Special Task Force (STF) on Wednesday seized 85 kilogrammes of heroin with a street value of more than Rs. 680 million when they took into custody a hybrid car with two suspects on the Biyagama Road in Kelaniya.

Police said the stock was the largest heroin haul seized in the country while being transported over land.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said the STF carried out the raid after employing decoys for about three months following a tip off they had received.

Police said the two suspects taken into custody identified as Selvathurai Ravikumar and Selvathurai Suntharaj from Maradana and Kotahena were brothers.

SSP Rohana said the main suspect who had apparently provided the heroin stock in the hybrid car to the arrested brothers is to be taken into custody and investigations are underway to nab him.

The STF that was on the trail of the racket for the past three months had been following the two brothers based on an initial tip off received from a suspect arrested on a heroin case earlier. Early this week the STF had deployed three teams to follow the two brothers on information that an important deal was to happen this week.

On Wednesday one team had been following the two brothers who were going from Kelaniya towards Biyagama in a three wheeler. At a certain point on the road they had stopped the three wheeler behind a white Hybrid car parked beside the road. At that place one of the brothers had got out of the three wheeler and got into the hybrid car and started driving off in front of the three wheeler. Then the STF men who were following them had informed a police checkpoint to stop the vehicles. On checking the car they had found the heroin haul and the two brothers were taken into custody.  

Further investigations to find out the wider network behind the racket are being carried out by the police narcotics bureau and the STF.  (Sanath Desmond and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 25

  • Jagath Leanagej Thursday, 12 June 2014 04:47

    If big shots involved for this racket, definitely,police will say, they made a mistake and it is "wheat flour". Wait and see.

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    bobby Thursday, 12 June 2014 04:50

    What happens after they are caught? What happened to the last haul? I can't recall of any sort of punishment for that one.

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    Amschel Thursday, 12 June 2014 04:54

    That's good, then we will be able to buy it soon over the government channels.

    Reply : 0       0

    Public Thursday, 12 June 2014 05:07

    Don't the Police Department think this stuff and the culprits taken to custody are more than enough to apprehend the Main Importer/Boss and its chains?

    Reply : 0       1

    Jagath Leanagej Thursday, 12 June 2014 05:27

    Will STF guys who raided this, transferred or sacked ?

    Reply : 0       0

    Perumal Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:31

    Beer Gama turned to heroine Gama?

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    Waco Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:51

    Is our Department of Police clever enough or need further training to work back-ward and find out who brought this stock of Heroin to the country?

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    Public Thursday, 12 June 2014 07:26

    Who was the culprit, a politician?

    Reply : 0       0

    Flummoxed Thursday, 12 June 2014 07:47

    is it any wonder why people are cynical, skeptical, critical?

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    Don Don Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:20

    When the case is taken up in courts, it will be 32 Kgs.

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    Jagath Leanage Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:21

    Is Biyagama close to Kelaniya?

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    Esala Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:43

    Export back to Pakistan with the suspects the only country sending these to us.

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    Peter Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:52

    The importers will never be caught/Prosecuted. God save our younger generations.

    Reply : 0       0

    freking Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:58

    For poson dansala

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    Upasakaya Thursday, 12 June 2014 13:24

    The King pin must be a guy with connections to the Palace masquerading as a Upasakaya in public. Dressed in Neat white nationals like the wolf in sheeps clothing. What a world. via DM iPad app

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    ds Thursday, 12 June 2014 13:45

    Police narcotics bureau are tthe biggest rouges.

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    Nihal BD Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:14

    Cheers to the Police dept, Job well done

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    podi son Thursday, 12 June 2014 17:05

    Well done STF however the case will be handed over to the area cops. Who will hv pressure from the higher authorities to soft peddle the case. What a shame. Watch out Sri Lanka coming colours no good.

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    Dimuthu Heendeniya Thursday, 12 June 2014 17:37

    Dont take 85 kilos to court . Burn 84 and produce 1 kilo to court . If not all 85 kilos will end up in Kolonnawa .

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    Asoka Thursday, 12 June 2014 18:27

    will our president visit the owner in a helicopter...

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    Sara Friday, 13 June 2014 05:09

    Were they on there way to see some one in Kelaniya?

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    sobers Friday, 13 June 2014 05:24

    Enough is Enough! speed up the inquiry and arrest and expose everyone involved. After all the STF has done a commendable job.

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    mad man Friday, 13 June 2014 07:52

    A politician will venture out to say, I put some clay, 85 kg, to check how alert out Police force is and I am happy that they very capable in protecting the kids and the public from kudu.

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    sk Friday, 13 June 2014 09:15

    i am sure this is only the tip of the ice berg

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    old citizen Friday, 13 June 2014 09:43

    Another episode of an endless political cum criminal epic

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