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05 March 2024

Sri Lanka doctor running rehab centre caught selling drugs to kids

By Correspondent

A doctor who was allegedly selling large quantities of a tablet named ‘Sudol’ was nabbed by Sri Lanka’s Negombo SP Division’s District Anti-Corruption Unit.

The Divaina newspaper reported that he has been operating from Akkara Panaha in Kimbulapitiya where he was running a fake medical centre under the ploy of rehabilitating drug addicts.

The police found a large quantity of various brands of drugs including tablets used for abortions which cannot be sold without a prescription.

The police deployed a decoy, under the pretext of buying the tablets and he placed an order for tablets and while receiving 500 tablets the police pounced.

The bogus documents recovered from his house claimed that he was a qualified doctor and has been engaged in medical practice for over five years.

He is 40 and a father of one and the investigations revealed that he has told the village people that he was giving treatment to drug addicts but has been selling drugs at a very high price to drug addicts for a long time.

Sometimes later, this rehabilitation centre has become a nuisance to the villagers who had complained to the Negombo SP’s office and the police raided the quack’s residence with the help of Food and Drugs Inspector of the Gampaha Health Services Director’s office H. Piyaratne.

The suspect was operating his medical centre on the ground floor of the two storied building while the drugs business was done from the upper floor and when the police raided the house, there were about 50 drug addicts who had come from various places including Colombo to buy tablets.

Arrangements have been made to produce his Medical Certificate and documents related to his qualifications to the Sri Lanka Medical Council for examination and the suspect would be produced before courts.

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