04 September 2019 :
The Colombo High Court on 21 August 2019 sentenced a person to death for the trafficking and possession of heroin.
The sentence was delivered by Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga.
Ada Derana reporter said that the suspect, Halpita Pathiranage Don Nishantha Perera, was among three persons arrested on November 26, 2007 by officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) along with 51g and 300mg of heroin.
Due to the fact that the haul had contained 22g and 54mg of pure heroin, a case was filed against the three suspects on charges of trafficking and possession of 22.54 grams of heroin.
However, the first and second accused in the case had passed away during the course of the trial, the case was only heard against the third accused, Ada Derana reporter said.