A soldier and an army deserter were arrested with 45 kg of heroin while travelling in a van in Horana by the Panadura Anti-vice Narcotic Unit.
Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said that the number plate of the van was displayed as if it was an Army vehicle. The driver was also wearing an army uniform.
It was reported that the van entered the expressway at Imaduwa on the Southern Expressway and speeding towards Horana after having made its exit at the Gelanigama.
The Spokesman said this was the fourth largest haul of narcotics seized within the period of approximately two months.
DIG Rohana said the Army Commander Gen. Shavendra Silva had also been informed about the raid.
He said the Army also conducting investigations into the narcotic seizure in addition to the police investigation.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)
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