Husband and wife taken in for questioning:
Police bust large scale foreign liquor racket
A large scale foreign liquor racket was busted following the arrest
of a husband and wife last week who allegedly sold well-known brands of
imported foreign liquor without a permit by using a mobile luxury van
with dark tinted windows, Police Media Spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody
told the Sunday Observer.
The couple was taken in for questioning near the cemetery at Nawala,
Nugegoda while attempting to sell an imported bottle of Red label
whiskey for Rs. 3,000 to a police decoy who posed as a connoisseur,
police said .
Following the transaction, a police party led by OIC Walana Vice
Squad, Inspector Duminda Balasuriya arrived at the scene and took the
couple in for questioning. On searching the van police found a stock of
expensive imported whiskey such as Johnny Walker Red and Black label
whiskey, Vat 69 and a bundle of imported cigarettes. “There were 71
bottles of one-litre whiskey worth over Rs. 3 lakhs in the possession of
the couple who did not have a permit from the Excise Department to sell
the imported liquor,” police said.
The couple who had been engaged in a small business venture had been
selling imported liquor in a mobile van on the sly. The suspects along
with the consignment of liquor were handed over to the Welikade police
station to be produced in court.
The Walana Vice Squad is investigating as to how the couple possessed
such a large quantity of imported whiskey.
Further investigations are being carried out on the direction of SSP
Palitha Fernando, Director of the Walana Vice Squad, Panadura.