Woman arrested with large stock of illicit liquor and distilling equipment
A large stock of illicit liquor and distilling equipment were seized and a woman arrested by the Kegalle Police, during a raid on an illegal brewery at Deniyapitiya off Karandupana in Kegalle. Police had carried out the raid on information received by the intelligence unit.
Police said a couple had been carrying on the racket for a long time and that the husband fled from the scene during the raid and evaded arrest. Investigations revealed that the water from a nearby well had been pumped to the brewery and waste water from the barrels flowed into a pit inside the house preventing any smell being emitted to the neighbours.
During the raid the police had seized 3500 litres of Goda, 1000 litres of spirit , 20 plastic barrels, six iron barrels, two gas cookers, a water pump, four gunny bags of sugar and 20 packets of yeast. The suspect woman was to be produced before the Kegalle Magistrate yesterday.
A police team under IPS Anurapaksha and Chandrasekara carried out the raid on the instructions of HQI Kegalle CI Praneeth Manawadu, ASP Gamini Thennakoon and SP Chamika Wickremesinghe.