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Cashier of druglord ‘Ratmalane Kudu Anju’ remanded

Rs.4 bn credited to accounts from 2019

1 April, 2023
The suspect in Kaduwela court. Picture by B.K.Kathriarachchi
The suspect in Kaduwela court. Picture by B.K.Kathriarachchi

The Illegal Assets Investigation Division said that they have arrested the man who is said to have credited an amount of Rs. 4 billion to Ratmalane Kudu Anju an organized criminal and drug trafficker hiding in Dubai during a period of four years while acting as the chief cashier of his drug network.

Based on information uncovered by a team of officers led by Illegal Assets Investigation Division OIC IP Kapila Chandana Piyathunga, steps were taken to summon the suspect, who was hiding under the aliases of Sarath, Mohammad and Aziz and using SIM cards obtained in the names of other people for mobile phones to the Investigation unit III.

Following an extensive interrogation spanning over nine hours, it was revealed that he is the chief cashier of organized criminal Ratmalane Kudu Anju and that during a period of four years from

2019 to 2022, Kudu Anju received about Rs.4 billion earned through drug trafficking in Colombo only, credited the funds to account numbers conveyed through WhatsApp technology, a police officer engaged in investigations said.

The officer said that the suspect, who had said that

he had been paid a monthly salary of Rs.200,000, had also spent about Rs.10 million to buy a house in Halpita in the Polgasowita area and a six-acre farm land in Hambantota to build a resort.

In addition, it has been further revealed through questioning the suspect that on the instructions of Kudu Anju, money was given to Kudu Anju’s mother, brother and sister-in-law and that money was handed over to purchase a car in the name of one of his sisters.

The suspect was produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate and remanded till April 6 yesterday. Investigations are being conducted under the close supervision of DIG in charge of Criminal Investigation Department Prasad Ranasinghe.