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A large stock of chemicals was seized, while being taken to be mixed with tea at a secret location near a tea factory at Rangala, and a suspect arrested by STF personnel from the Ambakotte Camp in Digana.

Police said the suspect was one of the tea factory managers in charge of the chemical mixing plant and that the chemical was identified as C-Sweet Liquid Glucose 01155 and that not permitted to be mixed with tea leaves.

The STF seized the chemicals while in transit and on being interrogated, the driver provided information leading to raid on the secret location in the estate where the chemical was mixed to tea. Officials said a group of employees were mixing the chemical to a stock of tea when they carried out the raid. A senior STF official said the owner of the factory was a leading businessman of the area receiving political patronage and that he had been operating the racket for a long time.

The manager and samples of the chemical were handed over to the Rangala police for further investigations.

Ambakotte STF camp Commander Inspector M.M.G.Herath, SI Sampath, Sergeant Tilakaratne, and PCs Sumudu, Nalaka, Pushpakumara, Waduge and Premaratne carried out the raid on the instructions of Kandy Zone STF Commander ASP Asitha Ranasuriya. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe)

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  • con.com Saturday, 28 April 2018 10:47 AM

    At the bottom of every scam, bribery, corruption and all sorts of vice you will find politicians.! This is the unending saga in this land of limitless opportunities for crooks with political patronage!

    Alfred Grero Sunday, 29 April 2018 09:58 AM

    Why aren't the culprits named and shamed, I don't think these criminals need respect. Exposure of these thieves will be a deterrent to other would be offenders.

    Innovator Monday, 30 April 2018 07:17 AM

    Trying to make sweet tea?

    WARNING ! ! ! Saturday, 28 April 2018 11:12 AM

    Hope this chemical does not make men impotent or the chemical is to control baby production ! - with Sri Lankan experence - this would have resulted another Kandy or Diggana !

    CITIZEN OF SRI LANKA Saturday, 28 April 2018 11:12 AM

    WELL DONE STF,OF YOU HONEST WORK, OUR SRI LANKA POLICE WILL NOT BOTHER EVEN IF THE POISON IS MIXED THE OWNER OF THIS FACTORY SHOULD BE ARRESTED EVEN IF HE IS A GOOD FRIEND OF THE PM

    Sanka Sunday, 29 April 2018 05:23 AM

    For your information STF also a part of a police.

    Sanju Saturday, 28 April 2018 11:43 AM

    Ceylon Tea - doomsday scenario.

    Arthur Saturday, 28 April 2018 12:31 PM

    Looks like this man is attempting to improve flavour by adding glucose syrup to tea leaves. It is known that glucose syrup reacts with amino acids, present in tea, to produce chemicals responsible for flavour or aroma. Anyway, addition of any extraneous material during or after manufacture except those specifically approved, is illegal.Stern action needs to be taken against the owner to prevent such activities, detrimental to the industry.

    Arnold Saturday, 28 April 2018 08:36 PM

    No tea factory is bothered about flavor. Any additive spoils the flavor. They add these to make the tea blacker, due to the myth the Tea Board has created, the blacker the tea the better quality it is. But the fact remains buyers of Ceylon tea pay the price for taste and flavor and NOT for the blackness of it.

    Dee Saturday, 28 April 2018 07:36 PM

    Simply can't understand why you can't disclose the company?

    ala Saturday, 28 April 2018 07:51 PM

    Our reputation as the world best tea producing country is fast diminishing thanks to our politicians. No action has been taken on recent detections of mixing sugar to tea where 20 companies were found complicit in this practice. Japan is contemplating imposing restrictions on Ceylon tea.

    Bandula Saturday, 28 April 2018 08:13 PM

    Sri lankan tea was the best tea in the world. This is a tragedy to our country. They think they can cheat the world like they do in their own country.Russia tried to ban our tea, then Japan.Our stupid politicians and their patronage businessmen have already ruined this beautiful country.The result will be a transfer to STF officers.Guys, vote for these people again and suicide yourself.

    Lordshane Saturday, 28 April 2018 08:19 PM

    Today its not even safe to drink a cup of tea from sri lanka renowned for its tea. He must prisoned and fined, the Police and the law must enforce all the power to ban this man from buissness which i dought. because he is under political patronage.

    sach Saturday, 28 April 2018 11:23 PM

    if our government has a brain such negative and sensitive news which can affect SL would not be published..but alas we dont have a gov with a brain

    Nihal Gunatilake Monday, 30 April 2018 03:04 PM

    HELLO - In Sri Lanka any F...thing Political Patronage is there. What a country!! this is? This country is GOING the PALLAM all the time.. bye- Nihal Gunatilake


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