Special police unit set up to search drug traffickers’ assets


A special unit has been set up at the Police Headquarters to investigate the bank accounts and property purchases of all underworld leaders who are currently in remand custody and who have fled the country, as well as their relatives and close associates.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Priyantha Jayakody, Director of the Crimes Division and Organized Crime Division, said at a media briefing held at the Police Headquarters yesterday, February 19, that on the instructions of the Minister of Public Security, retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, Inspector General of Police (IGP) C. D Wickramaratne has established the Asset Investigation Division under the Crime Division in January.

He added that the unit is currently in operation and the properties bought by the drug traffickers with black money are being investigated.

DIG Jayakody also said the properties obtained by using illicit money will be investigated and taken to court and steps would be taken to confiscate that property.