Billions worth of Cocaine seized from sugar container

Published : 9:00 am  July 20, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 

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CWE workers find drugs weighing over 150 kilos

By Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana

A large stock of Cocaine weighing around 160 kilos thought to be worth a couple of billion rupees was found in a container carrying sugar that arrived at the Ratmalana Economic Centre last afternoon, police said. 

The stock of narcotics was discovered by employees of the CWE warehouse based in the Ratmalana Economic Centre whilst they were engaged in unloading the stocks of sugar that had been imported from Brazil.   
The workers had immediately informed the Mount Lavinia Police about what they had found who in turn relayed the information to the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB).   

Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara told the Daily Mirror that the police had found 10 travelling bags containing Cocaine amidst the 50kg sugar sacks. One of them was opened by them to find 16 packets of Cocaine each said to weigh a kilo.  

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Police detectives were still trying to assess the the total value of the drugs that were found when the edition went to press last night.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Industry and Commerce issuing a statement on the detection of drugs in the container, disclosed that the stock of narcotics was found hidden in-between a consignment of sugar which had been imported from Brazil.  

It said the CWE had called for tenders for the supply of sugar on July 18 and a private supplier by the name of ‘Ranjitha Traders’ had been selected on the same day as it had fulfilled the criteria specified.   

“It had been the company that was awarded the tender that had despatched this sugar container to the CWE warehouse located at the Economic Centre in Ratmalana. The country of origin of the container is Brazil. Upon arrival of the container to Colombo Port, the container was taken to Orugodawatta Container Terminal Yard, inspected and then re-sealed. Lanka Sathosa employees received the container fully sealed. They had opened the container and began unloading contents from the container (placed on the private owned container transport vehicle) and were loading the cargo onto a CWE goods-lorry, when they discovered the drugs.   

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