The interdicted officers include a Police Senior Inspector, two Sergeants, and a Police Constable.
Investigations have revealed that the 200 kilograms of heroin said to have been seized by the PNB in the Mahabage police division on May 14, had been packed into rice sacks by the arrested PNB officers.
Before holding the media briefing to announce the drug bust, the drugs were put into 10-kilo rice sacks at safehouses in Matara, Balapitiya and Kandana. A heroin parcel weighing one kilo had been added to each sack, investigations reveal.
Investigations also reveal that it was these officers who had rented a trawler to initially bring this heroin stock to land from the sea and had then rented a lorry to transport the stash to the Mahabage area.
Investigations have further revealed that one sack was unloaded in the Kimbulaela area behind the parliament, when the stock was being transported from Matara to Colombo.
It has been revealed that the PNB officers had obtained Rs. 13m for transporting this stock of heroin. In addition, they had given 99 kilos of drugs to 'Tile Chaminda' in Minuwangoda.
It has been revealed that these 99 kilos were sold after getting together with Gihan Fonseka of Dubai who handled the drug racketing activities of infamous underworld figure 'Makandure Madush'.
The arrested PNB officers had also been involved in the operation of distributing heroin supplied by the imprisoned drug kingpin - 'Wele Suda'.
Several more officers involved in these operations are to be arrested while many PNB officers are to be transferred soon, highly placed sources say.
(Source - Aruna)