Two detained over cocaine parcel sent to CME

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested two suspects with a parcel of cocaine weighing over 20 grams, at the Central Mail Exchange (CME) in Colombo.

The Central Mail Exchange had received a parcel from a foreign country to be delivered to a person living in Wattala.Customs officials who were suspicious of this parcel had informed the addressee in question to appear at the Central Mail Exchange on Wednesday.

However, an employee attached to the CME had appeared on behalf of the addressee to claim the parcel. Customs officials found the parcel to contain cocaine when it was opened before the CME employee who collected it.

The CME employee on being questioned had said that he had obtained Rs. 50,000 from the addressee to get the parcel cleared. Customs officials managed to bring him to the CME through this employee. Both of them were handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau and they were ordered to be detained for questioning till March 27 by the Maligakanda Magistrate.

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