Student of higher education institute in Colombo caught with stock of LSD


by Shamindra Ferdinando

Excise Department personnel have arrested a student of a higher education institute in Colombo with a stock of LSD also known as acid.

An Excise Department official told The Island that the LSD had been clandestinely imported from the West in the form of stamps to avoid detection. The arrest has been made in the Nittambuwa police area.

Investigations have revealed that the suspect had initially given narcotics free to his colleagues to establish a market for the drug. Having established that narcotics had been received from the US, Excise Department is trying to identify the LSD distribution network, the official said.

Under interrogation, the suspect has revealed that he ordered LSD online. However, investigators haven’t been able to establish the identity of the sender.

A special Excise unit has conducted the operation on the basis of information received from Excise Chief L.K.G. Gunawardena. The team comprised Deputy Commissioner General (Crimes) Pushpakumara Silva, Excise Superintendent (Special Operations) Rohan Wijeratne, Excise OIC R. Lambert, Excise investigator Seneviratne, Weeraman, Excise Sergeant Major Gamini and Dananjaya, Ashan, Premaratne, Aruna, Anil, Aravinda, Prabath and Senaka.

LSD is one of the most potent, mood-changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains.

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