STF seize large stock of refuse tea
Police Special Task Force in a raid seized a large stock of refuse
tea weighing over 32,000 kilograms from a warehouse in Wellampitiya last
The STF on a tip off raided the warehouse on Avissawella Road in
Megoda Kolonnawa and recovered the stock of tea which was unsuitable for
human consumption. A person who was in charge of the contraband was
taken into custody. The stock of tea was handed over to the CID for
further investigations after being inspected by officials of Tea
Meanwhile a tensed situation rose between the police and a gang in
Dawlagala area on Friday morning when the Central Province Divisional
Crime Detective Bureau tried to seize a lorry transporting a large stock
of refuse tea. The police on information received, seized a lorry
carrying refuse tea in Buwelikada area and took both the driver and the
vehicle into custody. The tea was to be transported to Colombo.
When the police was escorting the lorry, a gang of several men who
had come in a trishaw and a motorcycle had attempted to waylay the
police convoy and tried to take away the lorry forcibly.
The police however with the aid of the people in the area had managed
to disperse the crowd and proceed but they were obstructed again in the
Gelioya area by a large mob who had eventually taken the lorry away. The
DCDB with the assistance of the Peradeniya Police and Police Special
Task Force had recovered the lorry at a secret location while the gang
was trying to shift the contraband into another lorry.