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Police in countrywide crackdown 3,700 persons arrested Weapons, drugs, alcohol seized 999 drunk drivers nabbed
Published Date: 26/11/2017 (Sunday)

BY LEON BERENGER

More than 3,700 persons were arrested in a countrywide crackdown on criminal and other elements starting from 10:00 p.m. on Friday to the early hours of yesterday morning, a senior Policeman said.

A total of 3,769 persons were taken into custody in connection with various issues throughout most parts of the country, Police Media official said. A large quantity of narcotics, illicit alcohol and illegal firearms were also seized during the crackdown that involved 18,127 policemen from different ranks assisted by trained sniffer dogs, Police said.

Among those arrested were 905 rounded up on suspicion, 788 on whom arrest warrants had been issued, 982 for trading and consuming illicit alcohol, nine for being in the possession of illegal firearms and several others wanted for questioning in criminal related activities, Police added. In addition, Police recovered 8,234 litres of illicit alcohol, 12 kilograms of cannabis and 48-plus milligrams of heroin.

The unannounced crackdown was ordered on the instructions of the Police Chief, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera in a bid to arrest the increase in crime and related issues in many parts of the country, official further said.

In addition to that, a total of 5,807 errant motorists were also nabbed in the crackdown during this same period and 999 were charged for drunk driving, he said.

Source: Ceylon Today

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