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Special Intelligence Unit to raid illegal drugs – President

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Published: 10:43 GMT, Jan 29, 2016 |
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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to relevant officials to establish a Special Intelligence Unit to raid illegal drugs.

Even though the officials raided illegal drugs at number of times and confiscated huge stocks, the statistics show us that the consumption of illegal drugs like heroin has not reduced, the President said. He has also instructed the officials to immediately provide him a report in this regard.

He made these remarks during a special meeting on the progress of the National Drug Prevention Program for the year 2015 and regarding their future plans for the year 2016, held at the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday (Jan 27).

A group of delegations representing all the institutions related the National Drug Prevention Program participated in this discussion.

The President instructed the Commissioner General of the Department of Excise to strictly impose laws against the illegal liquor stores which are being operated contrary to the Excise Act. He also instructed the officials to issue related circulars to actively implement the National Program on Drug Prevention at every government institution within next six months.