Police round up 1,165 persons in 24 hours for various offences

By Pradeep Prasanna Samarakoon

Police had arrested 1,165 persons for drug and alcohol offences during special raids conducted in the Western Province in the 24-hour period from 5 am Sunday to 5 am yesterday, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

Among them were 771 suspects arrested for various offences and another 317 individuals evading court warrants.

DIG Rohana said that among the suspects arrested were 261 suspects with heroin, 147 suspects with cannabis, 208 suspects with illicit liquor and 65 suspects with crystal methamphetamine (ice) drug.

Meanwhile, a 32-year-old man was arrested with 200 grams of heroin in a raid carried out in the Wadduwa area on Sunday (21). The suspect, a resident of Pinwatta, was arrested while distributing drugs on a motorcycle, he said.

In a special operation conducted in Minuwangoda, on Sunday, 15 persons were arrested for various offences including illegal possession of liquor, one person with drugs, seven persons on warrants and one person with a firearm.

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Source:: The Island