Four PNB officers interdicted

By Sarah Hannan

Four former police officers were interdicted from their posts by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) on Monday (29), following their arrest by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) after it discovered their connection to a large drug business.

“The four suspects were arrested during an ongoing special operation that was launched in collaboration with the CID and the PNB. The policemen were arrested for aiding a drug operation, and are now being questioned by the CID,” Police Media Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne noted.

The police unit in question is said to have removed heroin weighing about 90 kg from a consignment of 250 kg that was peddled to Sri Lanka by a drug kingpin who is supposedly in hiding in Dubai. The missing narcotics were allegedly sold to another competitor of the kingpin who is in hiding.

The Inspector of Police (IP) heading that Police Narcotics Unit is said to have gone into hiding after the incident was reported. A special operations unit is on the lookout for him; the unit has conducted search operations at his house and other areas he frequently visits.

A sub-inspector, two sergeants, and a constable are currently in custody, and further investigations are now being carried out by the CID and PNB with the assistance of the Minuwangoda Police Station.