SLA soldier taking drugs to Kilinochchi arrested
[TamilNet, Thursday, 22 July 2010, 11:14 GMT]
Amid several allegations that members of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and other state security forces have been engaged in smuggling ganja, a locally made drug, opium and other prohibited narcotics items to the Northern Province for sale, the Sri Lanka Police Wednesday arrested a soldier of the SLA at Anuradhapura while seated in a bus that destined for Kilinochchi with about one hundred packets of powdered ganja, sources said.
During initial questioning by the police the soldier admitted that he had bought the ganja packets in Matara, his native place and was on his way to Kilinochchi.
The SLA soldier was allegedly transferring busses in Anuradhapura and was inside a bus destined to Kilinochchi when he was caught with the drugs.
The arrested soldier had confessed that he could sell each packet of ganja for one hundred rupees in Kilinochchi area, according to police sources.
Police said the suspect soldier is to be handed over to the Narcotics Bureau of the Sri Lanka Police for further action.