|Sixteen arrested in Excise
During a raid conducted by Galle Excise Station
under the supervision of the officer in charge of
excise W. S. Kulatunga, 16 suspects were arrested
for possessing drugs. The raid was conducted on July
26 in the areas of Hikkaduwa, Malwanna, Padiyagama
The officers of the excise station recovered 250 mg
of heroin, 250g. of cannabis and 90 bottles of
moonshine. The suspects who executed the illicit
liquor business had escaped into the woods nearby
when the excise officers raided the area.
The 16 suspects were produced to the Balapitiya
Magistrate who imposed a fine of Rs. 65,000. The 16
individuals were released following the payment of
the fine. The Excise Department of Galle is still on
the lookout for the suspects who escaped the raid.